Tuesday, November 22, 2011

God's Way is the Best Way

Today I read Philippians 1 which is mostly about Paul and what I take to be his encouraging the Saints in Philippi to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Paul talks a lot about what he suffered and what he has endured in the name of the Savior. It almost sounds like Paul is tired as well, tired of this life I mean. He says that he is torn between it because he desires to return to live with Christ, but at the same time, he feels that to remain with the Saints is what he is called to do and he wants to fulfill that calling and that is where he belongs.

All faithful Latter-day Saints will have to go through such a test at some point. Most of us have to make similar choices daily. We have to choose between what we want to do and what Heavenly Father has asked us to do. And what we want to do may not even be bad at all. In fact in another circumstance it might even be something worthwhile or even righteous. But I promise that if there ever comes a time where you are torn between what you desire to do and what God desires you to do, if you will pick what God desires, it will turn out alright in the end. God knows what will be best for us and what we desire. And He wants us to be happy and sometimes what He desires for us is our desires.

God is not a harsh taskmaster meant to enslave us. Far from it. He is a benevolent God who knows what is best for us and what will make us truly happy. It's like the primary song says, "Choose the right way, and be happy". That is he way to ultimate happiness, I promise you. God's way is the best way, always. Until tomorrow.

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