I find inspiration to be an interesting thing. If you read my last post you'll remember that I have felt inspired to write my thoughts about the document, "The Family: A Proclamation to the World". With feelings of apprehension and excitement, I wrote that post knowing that I will need to share some of the things that the Spirit teaches me while I am studying the Proclamation this semester. In the days that have followed the publishing of that post, I have not had any distinct impressions on exactly what I have needed to share. So I started second guessing my inspiration. I do that a lot, WAY more than I should.
But then today, it hit me, and I knew. Once again, the Holy Ghost reminded me that patience is a virtue and I need to just C-H-I-L-L.
(I think the Holy Ghost must be so sick and tired of telling me to chill.) As I was chilling, a song came to my mind. It's one that nearly every person who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ knows. It has been sung in a variety of different settings in multiple languages. It is probably one of the first songs I learned as a chubby little toddler sitting at the feet of my Nursery class leader. It's a simple song but in its simplicity it teaches one of the most profound and important truths that anyone will every need to know in his or her life.
Before I continue, allow me to share the first paragraph with you...
WE, THE FIRST PRESIDENCY and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.
Again, so many wonderful truths contained in that paragraph, but the one that I would like to focus on today is learned in the very last two words...
We are His children, created in His image, and He loves us.
"Because our Father loves his children, he will not leave us to guess about what matters most in this life concerning where our attention could bring happiness or our indifference bring sadness...We can expect that God won't just tell us a few interesting things about the family; he will tell us what a family ought to be and why."
-President Henry B. Eyring