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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rain Delay?!?!!!!

One of the saddest moments in all of sports is when the weather interferes with the athletic competition.

Meetings between teams have to be postponed until a later day.  The excitement of the crowd is weakened.  The entire atmosphere of an epic duel between competitive rivals is destroyed.  There is a feeling of impatience among players, fans, umpires, coaches, journalists, and so forth.  What is one to do when such a crisis happens?

Well, let's look at how a couple of collegiate athletes took this negative and turned it into a, well...

How do we react when lifes storms beat upon us?  Christ himself taught that God "maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust" (Matthew 5:45).  We don't get to choose whether we go through trials or not, but we do get to choose how we prepare ourselves for when they come and how we endure them.  The prophet Helaman gave his sons Nephi and Lehi the following counsel (Helaman 5:12):

"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

There is power to the choices we make.  As we choose to follow Christ and make Him the center of our lives, we are promised that the storms of Hell won't prevail against us.  As we choose to be happy, choose to smile, choose to laugh, we conquer Satan's intent to bring us misery and sorrow.  In the words of a modern-day Apostle's mother, "Come what may and love it."  Listen to the words of Joseph B. Wirthlin about how we can endure these trials well.

"Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy" (2 Nephi 2:25).

Let us find joy, no matter what life throws at us.

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