A few weeks ago, I started a personal challenge to share one of the 21 principles as covered in the book by Richard G. Scott. This book has really touched my heart and I have felt impressed to share it with you and my own feelings about each of the principles. You can read about the other principles I have covered here. If you would like your own copy of this book, you can purchase it here. This is NOT an affiliate link, even though I do have an affiliate account with Amazon. I have chosen NOT to use an affiliate link as I don’t feel right about it in this circumstance.
“As you seek spiritual knowledge, search for principles,” counsels Elder Richard G. Scott. “Principles are concentrated truth, packaged for application to a wide variety of circumstances.”
“A true principle makes decisions clear even under the most confusing and challenging circumstances.”
I love this principle, though it is one of the toughest ones to practice. Sometimes it is really, really hard to understand when the Lord says “No.” We wonder what we are doing wrong. Why is this happening to us? Why do I have to suffer?
Instead, we should be asking ourselves questions like these: What do I need to change? What am I supposed to learn from this experience? Who do I need to help?
I think it is one of the hardest things that we need to do when we are having tough times. Instead of being drug down by our challenges, we need to get out of ourselves and try to see the bigger picture. In order to do this, we need to go back to the first principle, and ASK. We might not get an answer right away. But an answer will come. It might not be what we want or long to hear. It might be simply to just be still and give it to God to handle. We need to trust that it is all part of His plan, even when we don’t understand it at the moment. Eventually, if we are faithful and have faith, we can learn to understand why. We might not get our answers in this life. It might be the next life before we gain understanding. But if we trust the Lord, and give it to Him to handle, we can have peace in this life. Accepting Him and His will does not mean we won’t have struggles in this life. Our struggles are for our personal growth. But we can be at peace about those struggles by learning to trust that the Lord knows what we need when we need it. We just have to trust.