I cried a lot when I saw this video. How sweet hugs can be and how much they mean to all of us.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Symptomatic behavior of PRIDE :
Critical of others’ efforts
Stingy with compliments
Unhealthy devotion to worldly music, dress, styles
Dominates Sunday school/church classes
Asks questions or makes comments to get attention
Bucks authority of others—parents/employers/teachers
Bossy, likes to control othersSelf esteem tied to things or appearances
Interrupts others for trivial corrections, must be right
Becomes irritated when given counsel
Poor listener—dominates conversations
Leaves clothes in dressing rooms/shopping carts in parking lot
Litters, doesn’t respect others’ property
Has to be in control of TV remote
Has a hard time saving money, wants instant gratification
Doesn’t help with housework, group projects
Unforgiving, holds grudges
Gets back at others with silent treatment
Late to meetings/classes
Classifies others into social groups, then criticizes them
Won’t respect during pledge of allegiance, national anthem
Looks for the easy way out of everything
Boasts of personal accomplishments
Consistently tries to “one-up” others
Doesn’t respect other gender—open door, wait for
Must be the first in line
Road rage, won’t let someone in lane, honking
Boos” at athletic events, yells at referees
Friday, August 15, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
At age 50 I was body surfing with my 16-year-old son and his friend at Laguna Beach, California. I took one "last wave" and accidentally hit by forehead on a submerged rock, my neck was broken, and my spinal cords severed between the second and third cervical vertebrae. I was instantly paralyzed, lost consciousness, and woke up two hours later in the Laguna hospital surrounded by doctors and nurses. One of the nurses noticed my eyes were opened and said to me, "Jack, if you can understand what I am saying, blink your eyes once." I blinked and there was a collective sigh of relief in the room. That began for me a new way of life that has continued on for the past 19 years.
Because of my faith in a personal God and his goodness I never was angry at Him, nor did I go around saying, with an attitude of self-pity, "Why me?" However, it did take time for me to realize that God and Christ felt my pain and suffering as much, if not more, than I did.
Although not angry about by accident and resulting paralysis, I was devastated and heartbroken for some time. It just seemed that I had lost so much and I could not conceive of living for any extended period of time completely paralyzed from the neck down and on life support.
I slid into a deep, dark, depression and there were those days I would have welcomed an early exit from mortality. I continued to pray however, and finally after a long period of preparation I was given a wonderful experience that made me know forever that God does feel our pain and is anxious to help us.
I came to the end of the rope. I hit the wall. I came to realize that no doctor or any man on this earth could do for me what I needed the most. I knew because of the nature of the injury I would never "get anything back." What I needed and longed for was hope, peace, and the sense of well-being I had lost because of my accident. Finally I turned to God with all my heart and soul in prayer as I never had prayed before. I eventually came to understand how much I was loved by the Savior and a loving, kind, merciful, Heavenly Father. I didn't see a vision but I was given a new heart and was filled with peace, joy, hope, and a sense of wellbeing I never thought I would ever feel again.
Those feelings have never gone away but have only intensified during the past 19 years; I came to understand then, and know now, that God and Christ do know what we feel and share our pain. I am convinced through my personal experience that they will take our pain and suffering upon themselves through their infinite grace and love if we will but trust them and come unto them with all our hearts.
Believing in the Scriptures I have a feeling for how sensitive deity is to our suffering and pain in mortality. When his good friend Lazarus died and Jesus came to his aid and to comfort his sisters Mary, and Martha, the scripture says: "Jesus wept." [John 11: 35] There are almost countless accounts in the Gospels of Jesus healing the sick, restoring the dead to their loved ones, and manifesting incredible compassion to all about him.
As a resurrected being we read this moving account about Him from the Scriptures: "Have ye any that are asick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or bleprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will cheal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy...And it came to pass that he commanded that their alittle children should be brought. So they brought their little children and set them down upon the ground round about him, and Jesus stood in the midst; and the multitude gave way till they had all been brought unto him... [then] he awept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and bblessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them. And when he had done this he wept again..." [3 Nephi 17:7-22]
In a vision given to the Prophet Enoch the following tender scene has been preserved for us as God looked upon the wickedness of his people and the resulting pain and agony they were experiencing and would yet experience:
"And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the... people, and he wept; and Enoch bore record of it, saying: How is it that the heavens weep, and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains? And Enoch said unto the Lord: How is it that thou canst aweep, seeing thou art holy, and from all eternity to all eternity?" [Moses 7:28-29]
Yes, God does feel our pain! He is a God of love and compassion. I wish everyone who ever had a serious problem or challenge in their lives could have my experience. I know they can, but it takes faith, trust, and turning to God with all our hearts.
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