Friday, September 18, 2009

Don't Fret--Live in Truth!

When we live in Truth, we live with what is and what was and what will be (D&C 93:24). Consciously being aware of what that means in our lives can make all the difference in a happy life and a miserable one. Those of us raised with Christian values believe in virtues such as honesty, love, modesty, temperance, and patience. We grow up thinking these and other virtues are what should be. But right now, in this telestial world, what is doesn’t always coincide with what should be. Confusing the two is a mistake we make that causes us unnecessary pain. Living in Truth isn’t about living with what should be. (How can you even do that?) Living in Truth is about living with what is.

When we live in Truth we accept that what is, is—war, pain, abuse, death, sickness, terrorism, robbery are part of a telestial reality. When we stress about them by fearing or thinking they shouldn’t be, we only create unnecessary pain for ourselves. Yes, we should do all we can to stop evil and bring about good, but we shouldn’t stress or fret about negative things we encounter in life. That only causes us pain—unnecessary pain. Instead we cling to hope by doing the best we can with what is all the while realizing that what will be in the future is going to be much better.

When we find ourselves thinking, “She shouldn’t have said that” or “This shouldn’t have happened” or “He should have done this” we know we are not Living in Truth and there will be pain. Living in Truth means accepting the verity of a situation and living within that verity—living in peace. When you fight against truth, you always lose!


Wendi said...

Thanks for the review of Living in Truth. I love this concept and am so thankful that you've introduced it to me and all of your other readers. :)

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Wendi, It's changed my life! I'm glad it's helped you also.