Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Creation of Color

I love to tie-dye, call me a true Oregonian, but I feel like good tie-dye is in my blood. The vibrant colors are a form of expression and personality. No two items ever look the same, and yet, nothing ever seems to 'clash'. It's a different kind of art.

Our lives are filled with all kinds of color. When we are born we start with a white shirt, pressed and full of possibility. As we go throughout our lives we pick and choose splashes of color, are we bold? Outgoing? Musical? Political? With all the things we do and are, there are splashes of color, vibrant and dull. We involve ourselves in all kinds of things, progressing and becoming who we someday want to be, but just like tie-dying a shirt, with too many colors, a shirt just becomes ugly.

Life is hard, there are so many things to do, and much to choose, but we have to have priorities. Take a minute and ask yourself, "what is my #1 priority?" if it's working, going to school, family, religioin,
church...whatever it might be, now ask yourself this "Is it bringing me closer to God? Is this really making me a better person?"

President Deiter F. Uchtdorf explains, "When we truly understand what it means to love as Jesus Christ loves us, the confusion [in life] clears and our priorities align."

When we wake up in the morning, are we showing love, one towards another? Is our focus to really love God and love each other? Because the promise is clear, when we do, our priorities will automatically be aligned.

The prophets council us, "choose you this day whom ye will serve" (Joshua 24:15), even the greatest leaders among us, tell us to choose, this is the greatest gift God has given us. Are we choosing the right things?

This world is full of color, but we have to pick and choose sometimes. If you mix ALL the colors to tie-dye a shirt, you usually get a nasty brown or gray color. So pick the best and brightest colors. Go to church, read your scriptures, say "I love you" more than once a day. God has given us all the colors of the rainbow, it's our opportunity to choose our own color palate, our shirts will all be different, but that's the beauty of God's world.

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