I went home the other week for a fun football party time with my family. Thanks to updates from my sister and other family members, I knew that my niece had been doing a great job of standing up and trying a few steps, but she wasn't quite walking by herself yet. In what I have decided is a sign of her true love for her auntie, she decided to start walking while I was home (you guys, just let me have this one). While we were all excitedly obsessing over her genius, I was also reminded of an important life lesson.
When baby girl was walking, if she ever stopped and thought about it too much, she'd fall down. If she looked at the ground, she'd fall down. If she got distracted, she'd fall down. However, if we could keep her looking up, she would walk just fine.
In a talk from October 2011 General Conference, Carl B. Cook speaks about how important it is to have faith and look "up" when we are faced with trials or discouragement.
Experience has taught me that if we ... exercise our faith and look to God for help, we will not be overwhelmed with the burdens of life. We will not feel incapable of doing what we are called to do or need to do. We will be strengthened, and our lives will be filled with peace and joy. We will come to realize that most of what we worry about is not of eternal significance—and if it is, the Lord will help us. But we must have the faith to look up and the courage to follow His direction.
Since my experience watching my niece taking her first big girls steps, I have been more aware of the opportunities I am presented with each day to choose to "look up". I know that God has the ability to "lift up the hands that hang down." As we look up toward Him with faith, we will be able to accomplish and overcome what might now seem impossible. There is happiness and fulfillment in choosing to look up! That concept has blessed and changed my life in the past couple of weeks, and I know it has the ability to do so in your life as well. We might not ever be as cute or perfect as my niece, but we can still move forward in faith.
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