Sometimes I let little, inconsequential annoyances rob me of happiness. I complain about my long commute, even though I enjoy my job. I comment on a daily basis about how much I hate the cold, even though I love the calm peace that Winter seems to always bring. I get stressed making dinner, even though I am grateful to have food and the opportunity to learn new recipes. I could go on...
As a result, I want to make 2016 a year of cheerfulness. To me, cheerfulness is a combination of faith, happiness, and optimism. Sometimes little, inconsequential annoyances rob of us cheer, and sometimes really big, life-altering trials seem to soak up all our joy. Yet Jesus Christ invites us to “be of good cheer” no matter what stage of life we’re in.
I think He knew there would be times in our lives that would be smooth and times in our lives that would be rocky. I’ve found that I can find something to complain about in both the smooth and rocky times. But that is contrary to the Savior’s command to “be of good cheer.”
I love this quote by Thomas S. Monson, God’s living Prophet on the earth today: “To live greatly, we must develop the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and triumph with humility. You ask, 'How might we achieve these goals?' I answer, 'By getting a true perspective of who we really are!' We are sons and daughters of a living God, in whose image we have been created. Think of that truth: 'Created in the image of God.' We cannot sincerely hold this conviction without experiencing a profound new sense of strength and power, even the strength to live the commandments of God, the power to resist the temptations of Satan.”
To focus on developing cheerfulness, I want to focus on getting a truer perspective of who I really am and my relationship with God. Will you join me in making 2016 a year of cheerfulness?
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