Saturday, January 3, 2015

#670 - Charity

 As I was finishing up reading the Book of Mormon for 2014, (first time I've accomplished this goal in over 10 years) I came across these verses on charity and I knew that charity needed to be my big goal of 2015.
44 If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity; for if he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity.
 45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
 46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—
 47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.

I added the bold, italicized and yellow highlighting.  It's that last verse that I just love.  Because really, in this life, nothing matters more than how you help people.  You can have oodles of money or an amazing home or the best education, but really in the end when you die, all that matters is if you have helped people and made others (and yourself) better.

I think this also really struck me because I had just watched "It's a Wonderful Life".  Makes you think about how you matter to others when you might not see it in this small picture we call life.

Anyway, that's my big goal this year:   


Charity to my family.
Charity to my church family.
Charity to my neighbors.
Charity to my friends.
Charity to strangers.

Charity, the pure love of Christ.

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