Friday, 13 June 2008

My Picture on His Dresser

It being Father's day, I've had cause to consider the blessing I have of being a father. I have four beautiful children and there's nothing I wouldn't do, within reason of course, to ensure their health and happiness. Each of them is a blessing to me and I marvel that Heavenly Father would love my wife and I enough and trust us enough to send these precious spirits to our home. How great is our responsibility to raise these children in righteousness. How great is my responsibility to keep myself worthy to exercise the priesthood in their behalf.

As I contemplate my fatherly obligations, it seems almost overwhelming. Thank goodness for marriage and a wonderful companion. Still, even with an angel like my wife by my side supporting me, I feel my weakness. I feel so inadequate and I find myself asking, How can I, as weak and lacking in talent as I am, possibly fulfill all my duties as a father?

Yet lately, in those moments of self-doubt, I can't help but remember an article by President Monson entitled, The Peril of Hidden Wedges, in the July 2007 Ensign. In the article President Monson tells the story of a religious leader visiting a dying woman. The woman feels as if she is lost--that in her life she has done nothing but ruin the lives of those around her. The man notices a picture on the woman's dresser of a lovely young lady. He asks the woman who it is and in reply she states that it is her daughter, the one beautiful thing in her life. The leader then asks the women pointed questions about what she would do for her daughter. The woman responds by stating she would do anything for her daughter. Then the powerful truth is given when the religious leader says "figuratively speaking, Heavenly Father has a picture of you on His dresser. He loves you and will help you. Call upon Him.”

I've always had a testimony that God loves me and knows me. Nevertheless, the image created in my mind by that wonderful story brings the point home with power. I can't think of it and not feel empowered and full of faith. How can I doubt my success with my sweetheart, four loving children, and God on my side? I feel to shout hooray for that wonderful knowledge! How does it make you feel? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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