Earlier this week I read a quote by C.S. Lewis that has resounded in my head over and over again throughout the week. He said, “Here is joy that cannot be shaken. Our light can swallow up your darkness: but your darkness cannot now infect our light.”
This quote led me to ask myself a few questions. First, what gives us joy that cannot be shaken? Second, what gives us light that cannot be infected?
I have since realized that the answer is the same for both questions. It is when we understand who we are and whose we are. It is when we understand the source of our light and when we understand that the source never changes that we have joy and a light that cannot be infected. Of course, that light is the light of the Savior of the World and we can radiate His light because He loves us. While he will never leave us, we have the ability to choose whether or not to leave Him. We choose whether or not to let His light shine in us.
In the movie, “The Lion King,” Rafiki invites Simba to look into a pool of water and tells him that he will see that his father whom he thought had died was actually alive. At first Simba says that all he sees is his own reflection but then Rafiki tells him to “look harder.” As he does he sees his father’s face and Rafiki says “He lives in you.” Mufasa then comes to Simba and gives what I believe may be one of the best speeches in movie history (Watch below). Mufasa tells Simba, “Remember who you are.”
This phrase makes me think of the lines of a few songs that I have loved since I was a little girl:
“Do you understand who you are? Part of the Father lives in you and if you continue on this path, every promise God has given will come true. If you have eyes to see what heaven sees in you.” (“What Heaven Sees in You” by Doug Walker)
“Remember you are greatest when you walk with God, when His light is in your eyes you are truly strong.” (“To Become Like Him” by Jenny Phillips)
“Walk tall you’re a daughter, a child of God. Be strong, please remember who you are. Try to understand you’re part of His great plan. He’s closer than you know, reach up He’ll take your hand.” (“Walk Tall, You’re a Daughter” by Jamie Glenn)
These are not just lyrics in a song that someone made up because they sound nice and make us feel good. I believe that people are inspired to do certain things. I believe the people who wrote these songs wrote them because Heavenly Father knows that just like Simba sometimes we forget. We forget who we are and we forget that we can have His light and His joy in our lives consistently. We can have joy that cannot be shaken and light that can swallow up darkness. Satan’s darkness cannot infect this light because it is so real. It is who we are.
“Who are we? We are children of God. Our potential is unlimited. Our inheritance is sacred.” Elder Russell M. Nelson
“Pondering this truth—that we are children of heavenly parents1—fills us with a sense of origin, purpose, and destiny. It is good to remember that you are always a child of God. This knowledge will carry you through the most difficult times in your life and will inspire you to accomplish remarkable things. However, it is also important to remember that being a daughter of eternal parents is not a distinction you earned or you will ever lose.” - President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” -President Thomas S. Monson
We are His and that will never change. We just have to remember.
Remember who you are. Find joy that cannot be shaken. Swallow darkness. Shine a light that cannot be infected. YOU are a child of God.
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