Seeing as I already referenced this lesson I thought I better post it.
Photo courtesy of McKye...I like thinking this is an image he sees often.
So I was asked to speak to a bunch of LDS college students last month. And I wanted to talk to them about dreams, and about how life doesn't always turn out like we plan, but that if we turn our life over to the Lord He will make everything amazing.
When I was asked to switch months for teaching Relief Society, that talk was still swirling in my ind, and it got re-vamped for the sisters. It was very interesting to see how the message changed for a different group of children of God. Both went well...a message I needed to internalize, one I know pretty good in theory but too often forget in the everyday.
Relief Society Lesson “From Him I’ll Gain my Fondest Dream”
Life is hard.
Some, she said, are sad because they are not married, or are and can’t have children. Others have families but struggle with the challenges that brings they didn't expect. Some are sad because they don’t have enough money. Others deal with sickness or death, that no amount of money can fix.
[we had SUCH a great discussion as we brainstormed the differences of what the Lord wants for us and what Satan makes us think we want!]
Luke 5 :10 "Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men…forsook all and followed him."
Love that. So what is the purpose of our waiting?
(Skipped all this next bit...that's one of the hardest parts of teaching for me, being willing to follow the Spirit when it leads me to omitt "good stuff" that I prepared)
2 Nephi 2 :27 men are free… to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.
despite circumstance, or other’s agency, or sin,
we can ALWAYS choose to go to Christ.
Glory includes knowledge.
It’s like he’s saying, “This is my work, and I KNOW what I’m doing. I know how to save and exalt you. I know how to get you where you are going;
I know how to make you who you are meant to become.
I know how to make your dreams come true.
“I’m preparing you for the dream, so you can appreciate it, so it will have value!”
Not a chance.
What dream will you defiantly not take for granted because of the experiences you've had in this life?
In fact, that dream is described the same way in every single one of the standard works.
The Spirit can teach us and lead us to the greater dreams and purposes that the Lord has prepared for us in this life, those that will prepare us for eternity...
All I desired or wished below
And ev'ry power find sweet employ
In that eternal world of joy.
"Gain from Him our fondest dreams" is my prayer,
* Sister Beck quote came from this Q& A program