The point to the story of my friend who reenlisted in the Navy was that most often the reason I hear from people for not wanting to truly forge ahead into the
greater righteous pursuits, is fear – fear of trials, or of sacrifices we may be called upon to make. Just like my friend who joined the Navy to intentionally avoid going on a mission out of fear, we eventually realize that the safest and happiest pathway for our life would have been to trust the Lord, lay aside our fear and walk in His way.
It is undeniably true that we actually face greater opposition and greater trials when we step off of the path, away from the guiding voice of the Spirit. The path of fearless obedience is our safe Path – this is where we are perfected and preserved.
When we know what the Lord wants us to do, that knowledge becomes for us the law – the law of Christ.
“That which is governed by law is also preserved by law and perfected and sanctified by the same. That which breaketh a law, and abideth not by law, but seeketh to become a law unto itself . . . cannot be sanctified by law, neither by mercy, justice nor judgment. Therefore they must remain filthy still.” (D&C
And, I might add, “fearful still.”
As a footnote, I had chemo yesterday, so this is Un-Blogging Lite for a few days.
I know it is confusing. The good news is that the “C” is actually under control. The bad news is that if I stop chemo it will return with a vengeance – the proverbial rock and a hard place.
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