Those of us in the Northwest get the benefit of some very beautiful days, and yesterday was one of them. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the sun reflected off the crystals in the 10 degree weather. My wife (Becca), my friend Jeremy, and I decided we would go skiing and it was a good decision!
Becca hadn’t been skiing before so the first part of the day Jeremy hit some runs on his own as I stayed with Becca and helped her out. She was great! I was very impressed at how well she picked it up and that even though she was a little nervous, she stuck with it. I’d given her instructions to keep her skis in a “pizza wedge”, slowly turn back and forth down the hill, and if she felt out of control to push on the ski facing down-hill and that she would stop. While I watched her I noticed that if she stayed focused on the instructions she did great! However if a skier, snow-boarder, or a tree would come into view she had the tendency at first to loose concentration and focus on the other object. Pretty soon she would head straight for the object and she would freak out a little and fall down. However, by the end of the day she had learned to steadily make it down the mountain and avoid the obstacles. I was very impressed with how well she’d done at learning.
As I watched her, I thought of how this relates to our relationship with God. God has given us instructions and a way to make it down this mountain of life and back to Him. Sometimes there are obstacles such as sickness, death, loss of a job…and a million other things throughout any given day that we can focus on and many times we fall. Luckily for us, we have instructions through the scriptures. The following scripture shows us how we can “make it down the mountain.”
“Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.” (3 Ne. 15:9.) There are many other scriptures in the Bible, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants that refer to this promise as well. You can visit them here.
I would like to hear some experiences and thoughts from you…
How do you “look unto the Savior”?
What is “enduring to the end”? (for some good clues click here.)
What are ways you’ve used to endure?