Tuesday’s Torch 591
June 9, 2020
Tonight my kids and I had a movie night. We decided to watch the new version of Aladdin. We all enjoyed it. There were times of reflection for me while watching it, as silly as that may sound.
Thinking about Aladdin’s desire to be something more and having a fresh start got me thinking. And of course some lessons in the movie are the same as in the animated film from years ago. Namely that we are to be ourselves, maybe our best selves, but ourselves none-the-less.
There are lessons to be taken from the story as well about jealousy and honesty. Lessons to learn that I actually feel like connect to a message that the the ends do not justify the means. Plenty of people feel like if what they want is a righteous desire, that anything and everything it takes to achieve it is perfectly acceptable. Here’s a hint, it isn’t. There truly is no right way or right reason to do wrong.
With these thoughts running through my mind I began reading through some New Testament scriptures to find a verse to share tonight and the following stood out to me. Hebrews 13:5-6 says the following:
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
In this life there will always be those who have more than us or things that we would love to have for ourselves. Sometimes we may get caught up in feeling like we should have more or better or that we deserve something more than another.
These types of feelings can eat us alive. I know that for a fact. Becoming more at peace with ourselves and accepting what we have and finding a way to be happy with it is a wonderful blessing. I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t strive to achieve our righteous goals. We of course should do that, but I hope that we can all appreciate the journey a little more and stress a little less if it may be taking us longer than it seems to be taking others.
And for each of us that have been going through a rough time, perhaps here is a little jewel to help you along. As we go through our day to day struggles, know that you have tremendous worth. You are truly a diamond in the rough! The Savior of the world loved you enough to sacrifice himself for you, and he would have paid that price even if you were the only one who would be saved by it. He knows and loves you on a very personal level. And if that doesn’t prove your worth as a precious diamond in the rough, I know of nothing that ever will.
May God bless each of you tonight and always. When you look at yourself in the mirror, know that you are a child of God and that you are enough, you are more than enough. Be yourself. And strive to let your light shine forth as you seek to live righteously. I share these thoughts ever so humbly in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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