This past year, I finally graduated from college. With graduation came a host of decisions and new opportunities that came my way. I often times woke up in the middle of the night with anxious thoughts and feelings “what are the best decisions for me to make at this time? Where does the Lord want me to be? How will I know what is right?” Feeling frustrated at times that the answer always seemed to be “it’s up to you” I began to struggle a little with understanding my relationship with my Savior. Did he really care about the things I care about? Is he really involved and invested in my life?
As the year has moved on I have come to learn more about Him and the kind of happiness that he desires for us as His brothers and sisters. Because of the Savior’s supreme act of kindness and selflessness, He has given us a chance to use our agency as we desire and has provided us a chance to make mistakes and still return to him. Navigating this life is not always easy. There are many competing voices and various distractions that can often knock us off course but no matter where we are on that course, He will never turn his back on us. He will continually invite us to come.
My best friend taught me that the Savior will never stop providing us with opportunities to come close to him and to make good opportunities out of the choices we make. He will never look at our current position and say “you have gone too far off course – you are no longer worth my love.” This kind of conditional love is not in Him. He is not capable of it. He is only capable of the unconditional love that is constant and never changing.
I am grateful that my Savior loves me enough to never give up on me – no matter how many times it takes me to be where he wants me to be. He is the only constant in a world that is ever changing. I am grateful that in times of despair, loneliness or helplessness that he is there to wrap his arms around me and envelop me in His love.
As we begin this New Year, may we never give up on ourselves and never give up on Him. His path will bring an everlasting joy that the world is incapable of offering. I know that. I trust in that. I cherish the fact that His love is reality and that there are good things to come for those who trust in Him. I love my Savior with all of my heart and look forward to the day when I can run to His arms and feel his loving embrace. I look forward to the day that He will sit me on his knee and listen to the challenges, heartbreaks, joys and triumphs of my mortal existence. He is our friend, our confidant and our greatest support. He lives to see us overcome the darkness of this world. Change may not come all in one night but trust that consistency will yield great fruit.
May we remember the true gift this Christmas: the gift of our Saviors birth He enables us to leave the past behind and have a new life in Him. That is a gift worth celebrating. Merry Christmas!
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