We have all heard the old adage that it is always darkest before the dawn. I wonder if that is largely due to the fact that by the time dawn comes, we have spent considerable time in the darkest night, and as the sun shines the light is warm and bright, penetrating our souls with a renewed energy.
I love sunrise as much as I love sunset. It creates a perfect balance in nature when the sun sets on one day, a new dawn is just around the corner. As the sun sets, we gradually witness a dimming and diminishing light, we are never thrust from the light to the darkness, it is a gradual process.
Conversely, the same is true at each sunrise. The sky slowly begins to glow in the horizon with the coming of the sun, it gradually increases in brightness and brilliance and then we are able to bask in the warmth of the sun after it has risen.
Our lives too are never thrust into darkness. As we sin, we move away from the light until we find ourselves surrounded in darkness, unable to feel the warmth nor experience the brightness of the light available through Jesus Christ. As we partake of the Atonement and correct our course, we too must allow for the gradual increase an light as we move toward our Savior. As we continue on the path leading to his love, we enter into more and more of the light and leave the darkness behind. Oftentimes, it is this journey through the darkness, back towards the light that can seem the darkest for us as our lives readjust to the warmth that is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I believe in God! I believe in my Savior Jesus Christ! This is who I am. I have many deeply held beliefs and my life has been greatly blessed as a result of my standing firm in what I believe. I have endured many verbal assaults against me and what I believe lately, by some who have been considered my friends, and others by total strangers. I have been told I am a vile human being and delusional because I believe in something.
I will never make apologies for my beliefs! Some of them are,
I Believe in GOD
I Believe in Jesus Christ
I Believe in the Atonement
I Believe in the sanctity of human life, this includes the unborn children
I Believe in the sacredness of the marriage covenant and families
I Believe in honor
I Believe in fidelity
I Believe this nation is a blessed land
I Believe in small government
I Believe in conservative values
I Believe in the freedoms to worship and in others rights to believe differently
I Believe in acceptance and tolerance
I Believe in the constitution and rights under the bill of rights.
I Believe in hard work and discipline
I Believe in Charity
I Believe in kindness
I Believe in self reliance
These are merely some of my beliefs and I will make no excuses to anyone for them. There will undoubtedly be those who will find it necessary to mock some or all of these beliefs. Trust me. I have heard them all before. Those who choose to mock, I feel sorry for. The mockery of anyone’s beliefs is evidence of a lost individual who has no solid ground to stand on with their own personal beliefs, for many have none.
If you are threatened by my beliefs ask yourself why, don’t attack me for standing for something. You are free to believe differently. I would actually love to hear differing beliefs. You are free to state them, in a positive and effective manner. I have found however, that many people will feel the need to make some pointless statement about any of these beliefs in an effort to disparage or attack me for mine. If believing in God, having values, believing in something, helping others, giving to charity, and standing for what I believe to be true makes me a vile human being as I have been called, then I gladly accept the title, it is not your acceptance I seek or need.