The greatest stage production of the universe is going on right now—and the action is happening on Earth. We all have a part to play in making it successful. The Lord is giving directions, and it behooves us to hear Him.
Just like Mr. Stewart in the Parable of the Associate Director, God knows what we need to do, what He wants us to become, and what He is doing. But the parable was less about the director than it was about his associate director.
In the October 2021 general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Bishop L. Todd Budge said the following: “Ultimately, the Lord wants our hearts; He wants us to become new creatures in Christ” (“Giving Holiness to the Lord“).
How do I give my heart to the Lord? By first giving Him everything else. I sacrifice—a little here and a little there. When I was a young man, I didn’t sacrifice much at first, partly because I didn’t have much to give, and partly because I wasn’t sure that sacrificing to God was even a logical thing to do, given that God already had everything and could make more if He needed it. But I wanted to be obedient, so I tried it by paying tithing.
President Thomas S. Monson was known in part for his repertoire of stories and poetry. He related an anecdote from the life of Clinton Duffy, a prison warden who worked to help inmates move on and make something of themselves. “Said one critic, ‘You should know that leopards don’t change their spots!’
Continuing a theme (coincidentally) from earlier this week: waiting. We don’t like waiting. Life is too short. We already sleep away about one-third of it. In the United States, people spend 112 hours (more than four days) per year waiting in line, and up until the COVID pandemic, a commuter spent an average of 38 hours waiting in traffic annually (reference.com). Many, if not most, of us can become pretty frustrated by the need to wait.
While many businesses have been built around the idea of minimal or no waiting, how often do the things that really matter in life come immediately?
One of the aspects of the Savior’s atoning sacrifice and power that is meaningful to me is the breadth and depth of experiences that He can bring us through—large and small. Life carries many challenges and tragedies that can bring us to our knees.
But sometimes, the fights we engage in or the traps we fall into aren’t comparatively significant. Jesus is aware of them nevertheless. He suffered for us so that we can overcome whatever separates us from God, regardless of the degree.