The True Love Dare: Day 7

Abraham 3:22-23

“Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones; And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before this world wast born.”

Dare Seven:

See others as they will be when God is finished with His work in them; see them manifesting their God-given truth.

Now, I just want to say here, we may not all be like Abraham, chosen to be a ruler, BUT…God did select each of us for a specific purpose to fulfill and a certain mission to bless humanity. Each one of us, when connected to the Divine Nature of God, to the Truth that He has blessed us with, have a role to fill and a mission to serve.

There are people all over the world, people who are known by many and people who are rather obscure, who are making a difference in the sphere of influence that God has given them. Never doubt small beginnings.

Alma 37:6-7

“…Behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. And the Lord doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bring about the salvation of many souls.”

Remember the message of the Disney cartoon, Mulan? One grain of rice can tip the scale. You may be surprised by what God has in store for you. Perhaps you’ll be that grain of rice.

Now, sometimes we have people in our lives, or that someone, in our lives who is driving us crazy! We want to believe that something good is going to come out of this, but really all we see is all the crap that’s on the surface. If we want to make a difference in this person’s life, we have to be able to connect to the truth of who they are in God’s eyes and the creation that they are going to be when He’s done. When we focus on that, that is what we draw out and that is what we see. You’re going to find what you’re looking for, so make sure you’re looking for the truth of the matter!

Some things that illustrate this point really well are some common stories that I think most of us know: The Man of La Macha, The Legend of Johnny Lingo, and Hinds’ Feet on High Places.

In all of these stories, there is someone who sees something in someone else that they don’t see in themselves. When we believe something true and beautiful about someone–even if at that moment it really seems to be the lie–by continually believing that and treating them as if they were that beautiful wonderful person, something akin to magic happens and they transform like a caterpillar out of a cocoon.

Everyone needs someone in their life who believes in them, who sees the most beautiful reality just under the surface of the crap that seems to be covering them. Someone who sees the gold, hidden among all the rock, and takes the time to mine it out and cultivate it. Anyone who’s ever been something worthwhile to anyone had someone who felt this way about them and saw them with incredible potential.

However, there are times when there isn’t anyone in our lives who can do that for us. Sometimes we get so buried in our crap and lost on our way that all anyone can see is the crap, and that is a hard place to be. BUT, with that said, though there may not be a single person on the planet who can see the you that God designed, who can help you remember your blueprint, there’s One person that can.

Yep, God.

When we can’t find our blueprint of what makes us who we are; if we can’t figure out the blueprint for someone in our life who’s driving us banty; if we’ll go to God, to His word, to Him in prayer, He will show us who we are to Him, who they are to Him, and give us something to focus on and something to nourish.

It’s really important that when God shows you what He sees, what He’s creating and what He’s working to manifest, that we make some record of it, either in writing, or drawing, or some other method, or a combination of things, so that when we have those bad moments when we can’t remember why we’re doing what were doing, that we have that connection to the Vision of what God’s doing.

I am a very visual person, so I get as descriptive as I can when I write and sometimes God shows me things in my mental vision and I like to paint what He shows me (not that I’m the greatest painter).

Another thing that really helps me in this place is to Pray Rain. This is a concept that my Papa taught me. Praying rain is all about putting yourself in the situation that you want, in your mind first, like it’s happening right now. The more senses you get involved in your “feelingization” the more you will unlock the capacity to create. In fact this is creation from your “eye of faith”.

The first time Papa illustrated this with me, he talked me through standing out in an open field, feeling the soft fresh-tilled earth between my toes, the smell of rain, the cold wind on my body, the dark cumulonimbus clouds rolling in and then the wet cold rain that begins to sprinkle on my face, the crack of thunder and the crash of lightening that momentarily lights up the sky as bright as day. I stand in the dirt and the rain and the wind and the cold with my arms spread out and my face toward the sky and just feel it.

This is praying rain.

Do you know what happened within 24 hours after doing that with Papa?

It rained. 🙂 And he called me on the phone to make sure I’d noticed!

This principle works with everything in life. We can create from a place of fear and worry, or we can create from a place of hope and faith.

Now that doesn’t mean that we can control other people’s choices. People always have the capacity to choose for themselves what they want. But, we do have a powerful role in helping them and blessing them in their lives. We may not be able to change their choices, but with our “eye of faith”, we can change their opportunities.

One of the best examples I can think of is Alma the Younger in The Book of Mormon. Here Alma the Younger is going about with his friends and their sole purpose is to “destroy the church, and to lead astray the people of the Lord”–they certainly weren’t resonating with truth here. And they weren’t using their “eye of faith” for a constructive purpose by any means. What turns Alma’s life around? Those who were willing to pray for him, for here we read:

Mosiah 27:14-16

“And again, the angel said: Behold, the Lord hath heard the prayers of his people, and also the prayers of his servant, Alma, who is thy father; for he has prayed with much faith concerning thee that thou mightest be brought to the knowledge of the truth; therefore, for this purpose have I come to convince thee of the power and authority of God, that the prayers of his servants might be answered according to their faith.

“And now behold, can ye dispute the power of God? For behold, doth not my voice shake the earth? And can ye not also behold me before you? And I am sent from God.

“Now I say unto thee: Go, and remember the captivity of thy fathers in the land of Helam, and in the land of Nephi; and remember how great things he has done for them; for they were in bondage, and he has delivered them. And now I say unto thee, Alma, go thy way, and seek to destroy the church no more, that their prayers may be answered, and this even if thou wilt of thyself be cast off.”

You know, I don’t doubt that one of the things that Alma’s father did was pray rain, of a sort. He himself had been caught in wickedness and through the words of Abinadi, was brought to Christ and then was given authority from God to teach others. He’d had God perform a radical reformation in his own life. He knew what it was like to be brought out of sin and spiritual bondage. What do you bet, he knew exactly what to ask for, just out of his own experiences. I don’t doubt that God showed him what Alma had the potential of being should things turn around for him. His father went to God with a faith built on experience and knowledge and a knowing of God’s capacity to bring about radical change in his son’s life.

But we also see that Alma still had choice: “and this even if thou wilt of thyself be cast off”.

Over and over in The Book of Mormon the prophets of God prayed for those who were lost in sin and spiritual bondage. With their “eyes of faith” they created opportunities for those who were lost in sin. Their faith was so great that the Lord covenanted with them certain things. All of this came about because of their faith in Christ.

When we resonate with Christ and the Truth that He brings us, our prayers of faith, our praying rain will also resonate with the Truth that He desires to bring about and we get to be a part of His creative process.

We have a great opportunity to be a part of awakening that Vision in every person that we meet, by first asking the question: God, what is the Vision you have for this person?

And then listen for the answer.

Assignment for Dare Seven:

This assignment has two parts. The first part is: choose something in your life that you want to change. It can be something small or something big, but choose something that you have a lot of passion about. Take a few minutes to pray and ask God how He wants this to manifest in your life, and take the time to listen to His response (see posts Ways to Feel the Spirit or My Scriptures in Blue if you need a little help recognizing promptings). From the answer or answers that He gives you take 10-15 minutes to “pray rain” about this thing–remember to get as many of your senses involved as possible. Then write down your “pray rain”, so that you can read it later when you need some encouragement. As God gives you more clarification and answers, add that to your original “pray rain”.

The second part of your assignment is to do the same thing for someone else in your life who you know needs the healing love of Christ in their life. Remember, pray to know what to ask for, “pray rain”, record your “pray rain” and add to it as you receive more to flesh it out.

P.S. Here’s a few songs to listen to (more rowdy for those of you who don’t care for that) All That Matters by Colt0n Dixon, and Do Something by Matthew West.

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