Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Of Course We're Christian; Glenn Beck's Interview Removed

Focus on the Family with Dr. James Dobson -- pulled an interview with Glenn Beck. They made excuses for why the wouldn't air it -- but, we all know that it's because they don't 'think' we're Christian.

Of course we are. Those of us who know what we believe almost can't fathom that anyone would tell us otherwise. Do they even know what we believe and feel? No, they don't. They have been 'taught' (or blinded) otherwise. (I wonder who spearheaded that movement.)

Glenn Beck's new DVD "An Unlikely Mormon" brought me to tears several times. His powerful witness of the Savior and how he came to know Him --- is deeply moving. He is honest, forthright and very open about his life's struggles and how coming to truly know the Lord has changed his whole existence. If you haven't seen it -- I would STRONGLY encourage it. You'll never be the same again.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Simple Kindnesses

Over the months on my several different blogs -- I've received many comments. Most are very kind. They uplift and bless. But, once in a while I get rude ones. They are not kind and are mean-spirited. Those tell us more about the person sending them than they do about ourselves.

I've often wondered why simple kindnesses are so vital and wonderful. They do all the good things; bless, uplift, encourage etc.

Rudeness is all around us. Thankfully it's not the majority of most of our interactions. But, when it does come it's like an attacking sword. Our only defenses are the light that we have within and the shields we've placed around ourselves.

I'm so grateful for friendships from those who desire to strengthen, encourage, not compete and who are kind-spirited whose mission is to bless those around them.

In the spirit of 'open-mindedness', 'truth', 'positive arguments' etc. many justify their rudeness. They have the "right" to do so. But, is that really what they'd like to be known for? Does it encourage fellowship? Does it make the world a better place? Is it true, noble, praiseworthy, virtuous, or of good-report? If not, perhaps those types would reconsider their manners of communication. It seems to me that humility and teachability are two of the best qualities for building relationships and encouraging ennobling traits.

Friday, January 2, 2009

God's Plan of Pleasure?

A few years ago my my Aunt and Uncle were missionaries in Montana. They took notes at a church conference when a President Oakey spoke. They sent their notes in an e-mail message which I have saved. He spoke on coveting and said that 'if envy were a fever, all the world would be ill." And, then stated "God's plan is not the plan of pleasure. It is the plan of Happiness."

I thought that that was worth pondering and praying about.
I am not a pleasure seeker --- and don't often have those opportunities anyway. The reminder that I need is that I have the same access to happiness as does everyone else. Isn't that a sweet way to start the new year?