In our (LDS) last General Conference Elder Russel M. Nelson said,”Focus on the gospel, joy comes from Him, not our circumstances.” If you would like to read the whole talk, you can do that HERE. I feel like I really needed to hear what he had to say. With Instagram, Pinterest, people doing lifestyle blogs and HGTV it is so easy to get caught up in what we don’t have. I don’t have the white carrera marble countertops or high end clothing or weekend trips to New York or a month long galavant in Australia while doing yoga. Would I like all those things? Sure. And there is nothing wrong with having those things, but when I start feeling inadequate or getting off track with my focus I remember what I have.
I have knowledge of the restored gospel, which I knew to be true when it was taught to me. Really, what more could I want? Having the knowledge that Jesus is the Christ and that we have a loving Heavenly Father has changed my life and persepective of the world. My dreams, desires and goals evolved over time with this knowledge.
Through Him comes power, peace, courage and answers. Through Him we can feel true love and charity. Through Him we can thrive during hard times, not just survive. He is waiting for us through a simple prayer in our heart, through us remembering Him, through earthly angels willing to do His work, through service and going to church to take the sacrament, through showing faith and having hope, through magnifying our calling, through going to the temple. We can hear His voice through the scriptures if we but just open them in order to find Him waiting patiently for us to turn to Him.
When I keep my eye single to God I can be in the world, but not of it. I can be happy for others remodeling their bathroom while mine still has holes in the walls 4 years later. I can feel gratitude while I watch my homeless looking children run around instead of wishing I could shop at boutiques. I can feel thankful while I work out even though I can’t run a marathon. “I feel my Savior’s love in all the world around me. His spirit warms my soul through everything I see.” (LDS children’s hymn, 74)