Minutes are precious and good thoughts rare, so to ensure that neither time nor insights are wasted, Sister Willis has agreed to combine her inspirations with my own thoughts for a couple of months! She is my new companion – almost fresh from the British Isles. You’ll get to know her better in the coming weeks, but for today, by way of introduction, she has contributed the following…
Of all the great questions of life presented by the greatest of philosophical minds, I consider just one to have the potential to be a fruitless and idle question except when it is considered with guided application and the willingness to act upon the thought that generated it; what if? With the Christmas season so close to its end and having made a poorly effort of inviting the spirit of Christmas into my life during my missionary service, I dared to pause for a moment and wonder what had made Christmas so significant in previous years in comparison to this one. Family, food, the giving of gifts – none such activities are inherently adverse to productive time, but…what if I had no living family? What if there was no food for the table? What if no one cared for the gifts we gave? What if the commercial attachments and surrounding activities that have become associated with this festive season were removed? Does Christmas become void? Perhaps on the part of many, it does; where faith is lacking, so are expectations; without expectations there can be no motivation; without the birth of the blessed Christ child, we have nothing but empty traditions that were made manifest by time and man and that alone. So, what if Christ was born? What if He is the Son of God? What if there was more substance to life than what the eyes could see, the hands could touch and the ears could hear? Would it be important?
Alma 32:27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than adesire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
Perhaps, it would be worth evaluating the sincerest desires of our hearts? Consider the simplicity of the most common of those desires…happiness. Generally, we spend the majority of our lives in pursuit of those things that will secure our happiness; we add plans, theories and complications, but what if it was as simple as having faith that happiness does not require materials, but the simple knowledge that there is a God who loves us and sent His own son to atone for us, thus making eternal happiness an option instead of an impossibility? Act upon the desire to be happy – especially at such a joyous time of year. It is without complication.