Monday, March 6, 2017
Week 87: There Is Always Light!
Spiritual Thought for the day! I was reading a talk by Robert D Hales in the 2002 General Conference called Out of Darkness Into his Marvelous light, and it says something that I absolutely love:
When I was a boy, I used to ride my bicycle home from basketball practice at night. I would connect a small pear-shaped generator to my bicycle tire. Then as I pedaled, the tire would turn a tiny rotor, which produced electricity and emitted a single, welcome beam of light. It was a simple but effective mechanism. But I had to pedal to make it work! I learned quickly that if I stopped pedaling my bicycle, the light would go out. I also learned that when I was “anxiously engaged” in pedaling, the light would become brighter and the darkness in front of me would be dispelled.
The generation of spiritual light comes from daily spiritual pedaling. It comes from praying, studying the scriptures, fasting, and serving--from living the gospel and obeying the commandments. “He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light,” said the Lord, “and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.” My brothers and sisters, that perfect day will be when we will stand in the presence of God the Father and Jesus Christ.
Sometimes people ask, “Why do I have to go to sacrament meeting?” or “Why do I have to live the Word of Wisdom, pay tithing? Why can’t I have one foot in Babylon?” May I tell you why? Because spiritual pedaling takes both feet! Unless you are fully engaged in living the gospel--living it with all of your “heart, might, mind and strength”--you cannot generate enough spiritual light to push back the darkness.
Let us make sure that we are always pedaling with both feet so that we can produce the efficient amount of light that we need! I know that when both feet are pedaling, no matter how dark, we will always be able to see what's in front of us! I love this gospel and this church! It is all so true!
Thanks for all the prayers family and friends!
I love you all so much!
Love, Elder Heiner