For my visiting teaching message this month I choose to use President Uchdorf's message on HOPE. I love that he choose to use that as his topic, since it seems that it is one of those that seems to get put on the back burner for a lot of us. Especially with the stress and worry that everyone seems to live with each day...What will I make for dinner? When will I have time to do my homework? I don't think I'm going to pass that class. Will I ever get married? To who? When will I have time to prepare a lesson for church? Rush, rush, frown, frown...Life can be stressful. Well, one of the girls I visit teach told me about a quote she heard that came from a blog of a woman who's family started to write her blog for her after she and her husband were severly burned in a plane crash and had to be put into a self-induced coma. Here is what it said, (I think her sister wrote it):
Hope is the anticipation that the outcome will be good.
Worry is the anticipation that the outcome will be bad.
Faith is the anticipation that whatever the outcome, it will be for our good.
Isn't that awesome! I've decided that I'm going to hang that on the wall in my home. So many times we forget that God has a hand in everything, and like Elder Wirthlin's Mother used to say "Come what may, and love it." I want to put that on the wall too. It's like there's an order to the process of the quote above. First it's worry. Something bad has, or might happen, and we worry about it instantly. Then, if we're on the right path, we stop worrying and put faith in God that no matter what, it's for our good and it's something to learn from. Then we hope for the best outcome. I just love that. What a happier way to live life.
Not to mention, if you're worrying and having negative thoughts about the bad outcomes, then you're just putting negative energy into it, but if you're hopeful then it's all good thoughts that you hope for and think about (sounds like "the secret").
So, fresh courage take, and have HOPE!