Monday, September 15, 2014
“May we be strengthened with the understanding that being blessed does not mean that we shall always be spared all the disappointments and difficulties of life.” ― Heber J. Grant
We know we are blessed. We get to live our lives completely in the service of God. Not many have that blessing, but have to work around the demands of earning a living, putting food on the table, and raising children. I wrote the other day of my friend, Dr. Ben Kimpel. I once asked him what he thought the hardest job in the world was. He didn’t hesitate in his reply, “Being a good parent.” Children need us a lot when they are small, but their need of us never goes away no matter how old they become. There are many times I still wish I could consult my father about things even though he died eleven years ago. As blessed as we are, as the quote above points out, that doesn’t mean everything will be a bed of roses. Light bulbs need replacing, toilet seals rot and flood the bathroom, propane tanks run out of gas and have to be replaced, generators need oil changes and new spark plugs—and almost none of these things happen at convenient times. That is why TUMS makes so much money. Did you know they even sell those here, under that name? So much for the peaceful tranquility of Tanzania. We still worry about our children no matter where they are. We love them, so we worry—that’s our job. It’s even harder if they are far away, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t still help. My oldest son got a great job offer, but it meant living for a year with him on the west coast and his wife still in Manhattan. I could tell in her emails that the stress was building, but I have a secret weapon called Amazon.com. I was able to send her some inexpensive chocolates just by using my computer. Her email of thanks was worthy of being framed. It doesn’t take much to share a blessing with someone who needs one. So, that’s your task today, not to find out what color your aura is, or any of those other stupid things on Facebook, no, today, your task is to share one of your blessings with someone else. You won’t have to think long to locate someone you love—or a a perfect stranger—who would benefit from a blessing today. Tell them it was a gift from God and that you are just passing it along. Your day and that of the one who receives will both be made brighter and more joyful. There is no downside—and you can take that to the bank.