Saturday, December 4, 2010

Which Path to Follow?

There are so many places to go. So many things to see and do.
Who do we want to become? Where do we want to end up? What path will be of the most value to us? These are questions that we all should be asking ourselves.
We are constantly being pushed in different directions. When we think about what paths we want to follow, we first need to think about where we want to end up. I think almost everyone wants happiness.

Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it.
                        -Joseph Smith

We need to understand that the paths that we follow now will dictate where we end up, who we become, and how we will feel for eternities to come. We are supposed to be happy. That is why we are here. If we pursue the path that leads to it then that is what we will get.
This is a great poem about about being confronted with different paths to follow.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

                                             Then took the other, as just as fair,
                                             And having perhaps the better claim,
                                             Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
                                             Though as for that the passing there
                                             Had worn them really about the same.

                                              And both that morning equally lay
                                              In leaves no step had trodden black.
                                              Oh, I kept the first for another day!
                                             Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
                                              I doubted if I should ever come back.

                                                I shall be telling this with a sigh
                                             Somewhere ages and ages hence:
                                              Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
                                             I took the one less traveled by,
                                             And that has made all the difference.
                                                                -Robert Frost

The one path that leads to true happiness and peace is the path that has already been walked by Jesus Christ. He's prepared the way for us. He's been right where we are. His teachings and his life makes it so we can be happy even when things aren't perfect all around us. He's overcome the world. He's always telling us to be of good cheer. In him we can have peace. During this season and for many to come it is my prayer that we can all choose to follow him in all that we do. May we serve others as he did. It is my prayer that we will all let his restored gospel touch our lives.

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