Friday, January 17, 2014
Day 17, January 17
Last week, our bishop bore his testimony. In his remarks, he talked about being grateful for his struggles and how they have blessed his life. We know that we are suppposed to take joy in our struggles, but I "struggle" to do so.
I struggle to find joy in physical ailments. More, I struggle to find joy in watching loved ones go through hard times. Each time my sister cries, I cry. Each time a child or friend cries, I cry. How can I find joy in that?
The bishop explained that when he was twelve-years-old, he suffered from a disease that left his knee weak. Over the years, it has further deterioriated. Yet he has been able to go on, to appreciate his doctor's counsel that he should maintain a healthy weight, because extra weight would only aggravate his knee further. What a wise man, to heed the counsel, and, at the same time, be grateful for his struggles. (Maybe that's why he's bishop.)
Joy for the day: (trying to) find joy in struggles.