Tuesday’s Torch 535
May 7, 2019
How are we able to focus on the things that truly matter the most? How are we to know what to do? How are we to heal when things hurt beyond belief?
First off, think of what is important to you. Is it a righteous desire? Does it make you feel good about yourself? Do you feel like you’re doing the right thing in the right way?
Lately I have been able to start seeing things far more clearly than in the past. I am able to get my work done around the house more fully, dedicate my time and energy to taking care of my children with even more determination to be the dad they need me to be. I don’t say these things to toot my own horn even though tooting my own horn would sound exactly like that.
My children bring me great joy and happiness. When I am so exhausted from fun family time with my children that I go to sleep right after I have gotten them to sleep and forget that I have to finish the Torch and get it posted because it’s Tuesday then it has been a good day. So thankful that people are understanding and Sammy checked in with me at 11:30 last night which is oft-times when I get it posted anyway and was cool about me finishing it today instead of I guess posting it while halfway conscious and deliriously ranting about something or another then it’s even better.
Oops, got a little sidetracked on explaining why this installment of Tuesday’s Torch is indeed a Wednesday one. It’s ok though. Patience is a virtue. At least I’ve heard a rumor that some people have this thing called patience that allows them to wait to receive things without freaking out or throwing a tantrum to get what they want now no matter what. I mean, who does that?
So back to the questions at hand that I started this message with. Let me read some words from an interaction Paul had in Acts 28:
“26 Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.”
All of those questions at the beginning can be answered in this brief scripture. Conversion and turning to God and away from the world. Those who are distracted by the things of the world have a harder time seeing, hearing and understanding. If they were focused on God and righteousness, God says they would be able to do all of those things, be converted and the clincher: be healed!
Let me point out real quick that I am not dismissing the medical and therapeutic help available. I have received lots of help from groups, books and therapy myself. But the thing that makes it possible to truly heal and focus on the important things has been turning it over to God and doing what He wants me to do.
What is the end result of the healing that God provides? Salvation. The word of God has been sent out to us. Are we studying it? Are we seeking God in prayer? Are we following his guidance and promptings?
When we do, we find salvation and healing. When we don’t, hmm. What is the opposite of salvation and being healed? Ok. Just a little side note to toss in there, how many times have the scriptures referenced people being healed because of their faith? Thy faith hath made thee whole. For with God all things are possible. And even when faith was struggling “Help thou my unbelief.”.
I’m gonna close this message with a challenge. I will call it the One, Five, Ten challenge. In order to help us more fully turn our lives over to God, to be converted to His Gospel and teachings. Let’s all strive to spend more time in the scriptures. So take the amount of time you already spend in the scriptures and add 1, 5 or 10 additional minutes each day. For some that might be the total spent each day, for others it’ll simply extend it and give an extra bit of time to focus on that which is righteous and truly has the power to convert our hearts and heal us. Which, if any, you decide to take part in is completely up to you. I pray that you will gain something from this challenge. But hey, do me a favor and send me some feedback if this challenge is of benefit to you or if it simply wastes your time?
Y’all, I don’t claim to be perfect, or to have it all figured out. But on this subject I state unequivocally, righteousness and following the Savior is the only way to true and everlasting happiness. I leave that with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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