This is not how things are supposed to be. It shouldn’t be this difficult. This is painful. This is unfair. Jaded. Disillusioned. Pessimistic. Cynical. Weltschmerz. Whatever you call it, the feeling is never an easy one.
Whatever the challenges that leave us feeling hopeless, whatever personal battles leave us drained, there is a way forward. In his talk “Believe, Love, Do” Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf explains that there is a solution to the deep hopelessness and discouragement that we all face at times. The Lord has power to heal our wounded hearts. “I am come,” Jesus declares, “that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Elder Uchtdorf explains that:
“We achieve the abundant life not by focusing on our own needs or on our own achievements but by becoming true disciples of Jesus Christ- by following in His ways and engaging in the great cause of Christ.”
And how do we do that? Believe, Love, and Do. The love of God is what can heal us, but faith is not a passive experience. It can be harrowing, dedicated work. It takes real action and effort to purposefully “draw near” unto the Lord. And it takes putting that faith and trust into practice and serving, forgiving, and loving others in order to find the hope and healing we are looking for.
We are promised that as we do this, we can find a way forward through the despair and discouragement. Our load will get a little lighter, and we will get a little stronger. Whatever your particular challenges and struggles are, I hope on this Valentine’s Day, we can feel the love of the Savior and live a life of abundance—full of faith, love, and action.
Read Elder Uchtdorf's full address here.
Make a plan this week to put your gifts and talents into action to serve those you minister to. It can be as simple as a heart-felt message, and act of service, a phone call, a listening ear. Instead of focusing on your struggles, use your own faith and love to create a culture of healing, kindness, and mercy.
Faith in Action
I challenge each of us to take action this week and do something loving and kind for others. Make a decision to purposefully and faithfully engage in the cause of Christ. Use this download to remind you how to achieve the true and lasting abundant life.