I watched in amazement and wonder as my 10 month old baby girl carefully picked item after item out of the tipped over diaper bag, tasting one thing, shaking another. She was having a wonderful time, so interested in every item, though holding her attention for only a minute or two. That’s the way it was of course, until, she found the lollypop. Then it was just her and the lollypop. Every little piece of paper with the corners now missing, every diaper changing accessory, every squeaky toy or rattle was forgotten……jackpot!
The person who coined the phrase “it’s as easy as taking candy from a baby”, never took candy from this baby, boy did she ever yell at me! And it was actually easier to feed her her liquid peaches if I just relented and let her hold the lollypop in her hand. She wouldn’t let it go, it was what she had dug so hard for and she was not going to just give it up after all that hard work.
It was a funny but simple illustration of how each of us endures one thing or another, good and bad experiences along the path of life, searching for the one thing that is going to carry us through. And when we find it, that is what we cling to.
President Eyring gave a talk recently at the First Presidency Christmas Devotional where he used the scriptural phrase, “lay hold upon every good thing.” Even though I’m sure the rest of his talk was wonderful, everything else seemed to fade except for that statement. And the word that jumped out at me more than anything was EVERY.
Lately, with the news being anything but positive, and so much deceit and treachery on the world stage, it really becomes important for us to focus on the things that matter most, and what will give us lasting happiness.
The 13th Article of Faith states, “if there is anything lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” Are we seeking out the good in life? Do we keep a spirit of gratitude in our hearts? Do we express it?
Perhaps that’s why Job was able to keep going when he had so little going for him. He had boils, all his stuff was gone, his family were gone. And yet he still praised God. Why? Because he had eternal perspective, and his testimony of Christ carried him through. He knew that if he remained faithful, that in the end, it would all be okay.
So I’m going to try and do something I haven’t done before, and that is to keep a gratitude journal. At the end of each day, I will write one thing I am grateful for that day. And hopefully, during the day I will keep an attitude of gratitude in my heart for EVERY thing that is good. For there really is so much.