Life on earth is what it is. It’s not easy. Some days we feel awash with struggles that seem overwhelming. I sometimes do, and then I feel ridiculous because my trials are so small in comparison to some of the crosses that others carry with grace. And while the contrast makes me feel petty, the reality remains that we each face things that are difficult for us. It is part of God’s plan.
Life hurts. Happy Thanksgiving.
Seems like a strange juxtaposition, but I feel so grateful that God’s plan gives meaning, direction, and support through the bumps of mortality. I love knowing that whether my challenges are large or small, they are challenges that are part of God’s plan for me, and He will hold me in His hand and help me become who I can be.
Don’t be alarmed; I’m not passing through any dark or secret trials. As I’ve tried to focus on gratitude this week in preparation for Thanksgiving, I’ve felt blessed beyond measure. However, I’ve recently seen some heavy burdens in the lives of people I know and love. I wish I could fix things for them, but I can’t. Jesus can. And if He helps me when I have a silly bad day, He’ll help you when life takes turns that feel more than bad. That’s exactly what He’s there for.
I watched both of these videos this week, and they have helped shape this particular measure of gratitude I’ve been feeling. I hope you enjoy them and that they take you a step or two further in thanks.
VIDEO 1: Elder Nelson testifies that there is hope in trials.
VIDEO 2: The prophet Joseph Smith declares that our challenges polish us in glorious ways and bring us to the Savior.
[I couldn’t figure out how to embed it, but go here to see it. It’s so good.]
I’m thankful that Jesus Christ lives and that His love and His gospel help us navigate our way through the ups and downs of life. Happy Thanksgiving, friends.