Give Way to Summer’s Warmth

Winter’s cold is finally giving way to summer’s warmth. It only took forever, but I’m thankful it’s finally starting to arrive. Yesterday was the first day in… about five months… I was able to just walk around without a sweater or a jacket of some kind. It felt good to actually be warm. I’ve been cold since October and was really getting sick of it.

Well, although the weather yesterday was good, my attitude wasn’t. So as not to bore you with details, let’s just say that the day didn’t start off too great and some later events made me even more upset. Later in the day, things got better and by the time we got back to our place that night my mood had improved. I said a prayer before retiring to bed, asking my Heavenly Father to forgive me for allowing my attitude to get the best of me.

So I made my peace, went to sleep, dreamed about Coheed and Cambria (no joke), and woke up refreshed. I not only felt physically well, but my mind felt at peace. I’m amazed time and time again how merciful God is, how patient He is, and how willing He is to forgive us and let us try again the next day. He truly is our Father, ’cause honestly, only a parent could treat us with such tender kindness. Only a parent could be so willing to say, “Wow, yeah, you really screwed up, but it’s okay. I love you, so let’s try this again.”

In the Doctrine and Covenants (modern revelation), we read, “verily I say unto you, I, the Lord, forgive sins unto those who confess their sins before me and ask forgiveness, who have not sinned unto death.

This experience of being forgiven and given yet another chance feels, to me at least, a lot like the weather I experienced yesterday. After being cold and chilly for such a long time, words can’t describe how awesome it was to feel the sun and finally be warm.

That’s what the Atonement of Christ feels like when it operates in our lives. We feel warm, vibrant, and bright. We don’t need to hide behind bundles of clothing that restrict our movements. We’re free to go out and do more. That is the delivering power of Jesus Christ. He frees us. He brightens the day. If sin is the winter’s chill, keeping us in place, then Jesus Christ is summer’s warmth, melting the ice to make us warm and free.

 

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You Are Free

Free agency. It’s a phrase that most do not hear or read about and many do not understand. Yet it’s one of, if not the most important gift that God has given us. It is our freedom to choose, to act and not be acted upon. So when something goes wrong… and we get ticked off… who is to blame?

We can only blame ourselves, because we’ve been given the ability to choose how we feel and act. In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Nephi tells us this about agency,

Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they 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. (2 Nephi 2:27)

We are free to choose. We can choose happiness or misery, life or death, God or Satan. Satan wants us to be miserable and unhappy just like he is. God and Jesus Christ want us to be filled with joy, just as They have. And God has given us the ability to decide what we want.

So choose to be happy! There is nothing stopping us from being positive except ourselves. God has given us everything we need to┬ásee the good from the evil, as daylight is contrasted against the night. Remember that you can choose to be miserable… or you can choose to be happy.┬áRemember that you are free.