Sunday, February 9, 2014

Day 40, February 9

"It is not so important how many valuables you may have, how much property you may possess, and how many of the honors of men you may acquire, and all those things that are so desirable in the world.  The thing that God has given you that is worth more than all the rest is the opportunity to obtain eternal life in the celestial kingdom and have as your companions, throughout the ages of eternity, sons and daughters, husbands and wives with whom you have associated here on earth."--Prophet and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, General Conference, April 1948

Early in Larry's and my marriage, we worked hard to acquire a home, a car that runs, and a few other things.  As our income grew, so did our possessions.  However, we quickly discovered that our happiness, our joy, was not connected with these possessions.  We were more comfortable; we were more secure, but the possessions did not equal happiness.

A belief in the Lord, a purpose, and love for family brought joy.  I still need to be reminded of this lesson occasionally, for it is easy--to easy--to be caught up in the things of this world.

Joy for today:  remembering that happiness doesn't lie in things.


  1. Thanks for this reminder. I often get caught up in thinking things will make me happy. It really only is a temporary happiness.

  2. Very temporary! What happens when it gets broken, rusted, bent, used up, dried out, washed up, and generally oops-ed? That last isn't a word, but it should be.