Friday, September 19, 2008

Stress—it seems like an inescapable part of modern life. There is almost always too much to do, in too little time, with insufficient resources. Even the most functional individuals and families struggle to find a balance between work and play, relaxation and family time, household chores and progress toward long-term goals. Trying to juggle all of these parts of life is stressful alone. Add to these ongoing stressors a life-changing event, such as the loss of a family member, a job change, or an economic downturn, and the stress can begin to feel overwhelming.

The challenges you face, the growth experiences you encounter, are intended to be temporary scenes played out on the stage of a life of continuing peace and happiness. Sadness, heartache, and disappointment are events in life. It is not intended that they be the substance of life. I do not minimize how hard some of these events can be. When the lesson you are to learn is very important, trials can extend over a long period of time, but they should not be allowed to become the confining focus of everything you do. Your life can and should be wondrously rewarding. It is your understanding and application of the laws of God that will give your life glorious purpose as you ascend and conquer the difficulties of life. That perspective keeps challenges confined to their proper place—stepping-stones to further growth and attainment

The Redeemer will safely lead you over the most difficult obstacles of life. His laws are absolutely secure anchors of protection that dispel fear and assure success in an otherwise dangerous world. Such a life will certainly provide you peace and happiness. (Richard G. Scott, “The Atonement Can Secure Your Peace and Happiness,” Liahona, Nov 2006, 40–42)

Today's Assignment
Ponder the lessons you are learning from the stressors, trials or hardships you are experiencing. Decide TODAY how you can use these experiences to bless your life and the lives of those around you.

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