Growing up I was always "daddy's little girl," I never wanted to leave his side and I loved observing the things he did. As I look back on the life he lived my heart fills with love for all he suffered and all he went through and still managed to make people smile and inspire those around him. My dad had a few loves: his family, being active, and making others laugh. Though when he was in his mid upper 20's he had an accident which would effect the rest of his life. Slowly with time this accident caused the feeling in one side of his arm to go away and continued to spread throughout his body as the years went on. This caused him to have many surgeries, medications, and doctor visits. At times it changed the person my Dad was: friendly, giving, and full of love. But even when this trial got the best of him you could see him doing his best to reach out of himself and be the person he knew he was: A loving, selfless, son of God. Even though it seemed all odds went against him from time to time he still managed to love with all his heart, make people laugh, and try his best to be the person he was before his accident.
As I've thought about the Savior's invitation to be of good cheer, I sometimes wonder how it is possible to be of good cheer when sickness, saddness, hate, envy, and even death pass by us. But them I am once again reassured that it is through Christ that we can "be of good cheer." Not just a superficial cheer, but a lasting cheer that brings peace, hope, love, and joy.
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have apeace. In the bworld ye shall have ctribulation: but be of good dcheer; I have eovercome the world." -John 16:33
|Christ calming the stormy sea (matt 14:27)|
"When we acknowledge that we each face difficulties, that the Savior overcame the world, that He has lifted and strengthened and given vision to each of us in very personal ways, we will realize that we are never alone. We will feel a peace within even though the crisis without still rages. We will be filled with hope and even cheer." By Camille Fronk Olson, "Be of Good Cheer," July, 2011 Ensign
I'm grateful for the hope Christ brings. That even when life has challenges we can still be of good cheer because we have the hope of his Atonement. I know that his invitation to be of good cheer is real, and doable. Even though my Dad experienced trials I'm grateful for his example of finding cheer. I know that that cheer comes through Christ.
What can you do today to help you find the cheer Christ offers?