And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.
As Eric and I were driving home from St. George we passed a car whose license plate read Alma7:24. Naturally, I looked it up in the Book of Mormon and it put a smile on both of our faces. What a great reminder (especially for Eric, road rage is a common occurrence when he's driving and this was a nice change of atmosphere... haha!) But more than a reminder, it really hit home with me.
Lately I have been thinking about my relationship with my Heavenly Father and how I need to strengthen it. I do have hope and I definitely have faith but I think, at times, I take it all for granted. Life has been good to us lately and I am extremely grateful but at the same time I feel as if I my relationship with God is on the back burner. It is very easy for me to have faith and to just believe...so easy that I forget that I need to ponder, pray, and build on what I know to be true. And not just during the hard times in my life, or when I'm suffering, but during the good times as well. But you know what? Not anymore. Eric and I make it a point to center our marriage around Heavenly Father and Christ. And now I am making it a point (again. Is this how it works? To be reminded again and again?) to center my life around Him as well!
Something else that has been on my mind as well is my personality. I am a very out going girl and I just love people. Honestly, I thrive on socializing. It drives Eric crazy sometimes haha. But want to know a secret? I'm only that way when I want to be. And I don't always want to be. And I am so mad at myself for acting like that. If I see someone at the grocery store that I know, depending on my mood I'll make it a point to stop and visit with them, or I'll turn and get away as fast as possible hoping I haven't been seen. What the crap is that? It absolutely makes my day when an old friend stops me and says hi. When a complete stranger compliments my purse, hair, or asks me a question it makes me so happy! Seriously, I can't wait to tell Eric just how happy it made me! Something as simple as a kind smile will change a bad day to a good one! So this is something else in my life that I am making a point to change. I have friend's that you can't help but want to be around because they are so sweet. I'd love to be like that. I want to make some one's day better. I want to be a kind, loving, charitable kind of girl!
I know that as I work on my relationship with God and those around me, it will stop feeling like work and start to feel natural. I can't wait to feel this change in my heart. I've been yearning for it and am SO ready to work my booty off for it! :)