There is a moment of peace and rest… and this is the guy who usually watches me while I find it, if I’m in the right place for it.
A friend told me “I just need to find my own path to happiness.” Which made me think… When you’re searching for something, you need to know where to look.
If I were searching for nuggets of gold. I would ask someone who occasionally gets nuggets of gold where he gets it from. I would then ask how I can get nuggets of gold, and value that advice; I’d also ask others who seem to have nuggets, especially if they are all searching (and finding) things in the same area.
Going off to “find myself” or in other words, get nuggets of gold where people have never found them before, and those who do find the nuggets advise against … doesn’t seem like the best way to find what I’m looking for. In the search for happiness, I ask others who are obviously happy, even when life dumps on them… but more than that, I can pray and know that way how I might find what I’m looking for. That’s like having access to a GPS satellite operator who can SEE where the nuggets of gold are.
So, lately I’ve been thinking, if I want to find something, the key seems to be knowing where to look… and then looking there.
Every evening that I have the children is precious. I have mentioned before a little on how we run the bedtime routine. Lately, this has taken a little change.
In listening to the words of men who are much older and wiser than I am I adopted a nightly routine that involves quiet individual time with each child, but before that we sit together, read the scriptures, discuss lessons from them, and pray together. Recently I’ve been able to get the children to also pick primary / sunday school songs to sing together before we read together. The difference is profound, the feeling that comes to the home is comforting, and beautiful. It is from this feeling of depth and beauty that we share that we can have deep conversations like the one from tonight.
Q: “What if you’re the only one who wants to make good decisions?”
A: “Then you stand alone. … though, here’s a secret. You aren’t really alone.”
2 Kings, Chapter 6, verses 16 and 17
“16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his aeyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and bchariots of fire round about Elisha.”
(Then we watched a quick segment on what a Prophet has to say about standing alone.)