When viewed through the lens of relationships, earth and her occupants take on an entirely different aura. The relationship we cultivate with our self entails coming to know what our gifts and interests are, as well as realizing the areas we could use some improvement. Our relationship with Heaven entails us bringing the uniqueness that we possess to the Savior and as we come to know Him, our ability to perpetuate goodness in our relationships with ourselves and others is enhanced. It seems like often times we talk about trying to become like the Savior and I am party to that quest but I prefer to think of it as coming to know the Savior. The natural outcome of sincerely knowing Him is a desire to be like Him as we experience His loving grace in our lives. Instead of all of us seeking to become the same person, I think we’re all seeking to come to the same person and who we are with Him is the treasure we’ll begin to unearth. It’s a simple difference but the shift is substantial because it removes competition from the endeavor. We are no longer gauging our progress against someone else’s, we’re learning to see the beautiful mile-markers in our own journey to Him. And as we are party to His grace, we will recognize more and more of the ways that He relates to us uniquely, as individuals. With that growing foundation, we are then free to appreciate the beautiful aspects of His relationships with others without feeling threatened by them. You may even decide to get yourself some rose-colored relationship glasses once you realize how much charity is flying around.
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