Keep the Vision of what you are serving and working for in mind consistently.
Last time we talked about when we choose to be vulnerable to another person, there is often at some point or another, pain involved with being vulnerable, and the importance of maintaining vulnerability even when we are faced with pain. We also talked about what to do when that pain is so intense that we don’t have what it takes to keep trying any more.
Today, we are going to cover another aspect of something that helps to motivate us when the going gets tough and we want to give up. To start out, I want to share a scripture with you:
For behold, this is my work and my glory–to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.
Everything we’re working for is apart of God’s greater plan–to bring about immortality and eternal life of man. Sometimes it’s hard to see how what we are going through and experiencing has anything at all to do with that. But the reality is, life and eternity has 100% to do with relationships. Our relationship with God, our relationships with each other, with creation around us. That’s the only thing that transcends our existence from before birth to beyond the grave. Every experience we experience has purpose and meaning and is given to us to help build and strengthen those connections. Any skill we learn, any trial we go through, any lesson we master, is to mold and shape ourselves and then to reach out and help mold and shape humanity. Everything, absolutely everything, has to do with connection.
Each one of us has a role to play, a tune to sing, a song to dance to that weaves into God’s greater plan of redemption. Every one of us is needed in that. It’s like an orchestra–full of different instruments, but when they all come together they create a masterpiece that none of them alone could achieve. It is the combined effort, the unity of all the components that makes the masterpiece.
Another aspect I want to bring out is that of joy. As Lehi says:
2 Nephi 2:25
Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.
We are here to have joy. If we have a loss of hope, a loss of joy, that is a sign that something in our lives is not aligned with the Laws of God, because the product of keeping God’s Laws is joy.
D&C quote about laws and doctrines about bringing joy etc.
And the Lord called his people ZION, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.
We are here to make and remake eternal connections. The whole purpose of our existence is about personal growth and relationships, and we need both. Our purpose here to to help establish Zion, in our own hearts with God and then expanding to those around us.
Read 4 Nephi 1:1-18
Zion has a beautiful feel, a beautiful look, a unity, a love, a oneness, a responsibility, a work ethic, a caring for each other. It’s all about the heart and how the heart reaches out in actions towards others. It’s about a community of people who reach out on a heart deep level and connect with those around them.
The Vision that we are trying to paint here, is one of unity and love and self-sacrifice–not out of people pleasing and the like, but out of love the the sincere desire to do what is best for all involved. Where the love and unity between us as individual relationships and as communities is one of giving the best of what we have, and mutually receiving that of others. Like that of a beautiful garden. Every part of the garden is needed and useful. The trees for their shade, greenery, blossoms and fruit, their autumn leaves give nourishment to the ground and in turn to all the living things that come up in the spring. The flowers add color and beauty and pizzaz and wonderful fragrance–nourishment for the body and soul. The dirt, water and air, give nourishment to all the growing things. There is no competition between parts, between flower and dirt, tree or water, and so on, but they all work together, giving in the capacity that they have to give, giving what they are and they work as one in that focus to create a beautiful landscape, a beautiful panorama of God’s love, abundance and an exceedingly many other attributes.
In keeping these pictures of what we want to create steadily in our mental vision we are aided in our ability to work with God to create it. Doing so also gives purpose and meaning and value to the experiences we go through. Everything that we experience is to point us to that greater essence, greater state of being, greater state of oneness with all of Creation. Keeping our focus on that greater Vision gives us something to keep working for, to keep trying for, to keep picking ourselves off the ground for. It’s not the petty goal we are after, but we aim to learn and follow in the footsteps of the Almighty.
Assignment for Dare 17:
Today’s assignment is to make a Vision board. This is a broad, long-term spectrum, of what you feel God wants to help you create in your life. You can draw it, paint it, scrapbook style it, magazine cutouts, favorite quotes, sketch it–whatever jives and resonates with you where you’re at right now–just get it out where you can see it. Put your Vision Board somewhere where you will see it every day to remind you of what you are working towards, why you want really want to keep going when you feel like quitting. This isn’t something that should stay stagnant. Modify it, update it, or make a new one as you have need.