Gratitude Day 2: Glorious
|Barn at the Dan Lawson Place on an autumn morning. |
Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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My journey took me to the Doctrine and Covenants, a canonized book of scripture in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints comprised of modern-day revelations given to prophets, primarily Joseph Smith. In the 78th Section the Lord is instructing church leaders to carry out a challenging task, one I'm sure a few individuals had their doubts about. Like all of us who wonder if we are up to a daunting challenge, the Lord encourages them:
I've read, pondered, and loved those two verses for a very long time. I call them the "cheer up and hang on, good things are coming" verses. Until this morning the following verse never really stood out to me:
And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.My current life challenges have been near overwhelming at times. I can't honestly say I've been thankful for all of it -- the hard stuff. Yet here is the Lord promising me glorious things if I will be thankful for everything. The prophets and apostles have repeatedly said the same thing. I know what some of those glorious things are -- things I really, really want. Things that come from trust, and faith, and hope, and obedience to higher laws. It will be GLORIOUS! I just know it. From the small taste of glorious things I've experienced in this life, I have an inkling of what eternally glorious might be like. I'm excited to experience those things down the road, but for now I will learn to be thankful for all things. I will be grateful.