Monday, February 16, 2015

Letter 2/15/15

Dear Everyone,
First of all I have a quote for you all that was in my mom's email to me :)
 "The Lord works from the inside out.  The world works from the outside in.  The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums.  The world would mold men by changing their environment.  Christ changes men, who then change their environment.  The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.......    Yes, Christ changes men, and changed men can change the world."
I find this wonderful--you know why? Because it is focusing on the power of God to change not just what we do but WHO WE ARE. Sometimes we get stuck in the things we have to do--but God doesn't want the "bite the bullet" approach to the Gospel (for more info on this read the talk entitled The Fourth Missionary); He wants us to be blessed by it. He wants the tools he has given us to be used. He wants us to be AMAZING.
It's not easy to live up to that right? Wrong. It is. Because all of this is NOT about being perfect--its about BECOMING perfected. It's about change; it's about being polished up. Each of us is already extraordinary; each of us is already of divine origin filled with eternally divine potential. That's not in question. The question is whether or not that is enough for us. Do we choose to accept or deny that potential? To accept it we must accept Christ. To accept it we must change our hearts through His power. To accept it we must become changed beings--because our divine potential is something we must accept.
We are from divine origin. We have a divine future. We read in John 3:16-17 that God sent his son to save us. He sent Christ so that we can be joint heirs with our Savior. Isn't it simple? We accept Christ and let him change us and we accept the path that we were always meant to be on. We are children of a divine God and we are meant to grow to become like him. That is the point of it all simply put.
Sister Short

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