As I was thinking about what to write the past few days, I have felt we’ve met a lot of people–particularly lately–who are overwhelmed with the burdens that exist in their lives. Most seem to be a result of personal choices, some feel the effects of other peoples choices, and natural disasters can also dim our hope and make it harder to see that everything will be okay. Some are discouraged when they hear, “Well, that’s life,” but WHY?!!
Let me start with a different question:
Maybe your body doesn’t look like this, but what about your spirit?
If someone wants to get strong, there must needs be opposition. No one is going to build much muscle by pushing air. And when the weight gets too easy, what do you have to do if you want to get even stronger? Answer: add more weight!
In life, it is not always our choice to “add the weight”, but if we have prepared ourselves properly, when the weight comes, we will be able to handle it (1 Ne 3:7, 17:3). I know that is true because of some recent events that have taken place in my life. I prepared for this so I am confident everything will be okay, even if at this moment that may seem false.
Being able to take on the weight of our own trials enables us to be strong enough to help others with the trouble they face. If you have lifted weights before, you know that it is not very smart to lift without someone standing near to help you if the weight gets to heavy. We can be a “spotter” for others and help them to not be crushed under the pressure of their weight if we have built sufficent strength through working out ourselves.
When we learn what we need to, Christ–our ultimate “spotter”–will “…ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that … you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will [He] do that ye may stand as witnesses for [Him] hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that [He], the Lord God, doth visit [His] people in their afflictions.
“And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon (your name here)…were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord (italics added).1 Mercifully, the Son of God offers us deliverance from the bondage of our sins, which are among the heaviest of all the burdens we bear. When we repent and keep the commandments, forgiveness and relief from our burdened conscience come with the help that only the Savior offers, for “surely, whosoever repenteth shall find mercy.”
So back to our first question. Why is life so tough?!! We must remember, “Burdens provide opportunities to practice virtues that contribute to eventual perfection.” I know that is true. I have felt the strength of my infinately stronger spotter through by using the Atonement in my life, and am grateful for the knowledge I have of the great plan that God has for us, and the oppotunity to help others. We invite everyone to learn more of Jesus Christ and put greater faith in Him as our Savior and Redeemer. He is the way, the light and the truth. And our strength.