The other night I got a little frustrated. I realized that the things that are constantly on my mind are usually little things.
- I am making 20 tutus for a ballet recital.
- I’m helping plan a dinner and gifts for 175 people.
- I want to decorate my Christmas tree.
- I am anxious to start new traditions, and want to think of some fun things for our family to do.
- and then…I want to know what to name our cute little Elf on the Shelf.
When I asked Michael what he thought a good name would be, he laughed. I kind of got defensive (not realizing how trivial it sounded) but I don’t think he cared much.
…about the elf’s name.
But what he DOES care about is me. He cares deeply for me, and I know that.
Sometimes I just get discouraged thinking, “Am I the only one that cares about _____?”
Usually it’s not true. It’s just my little pity party.
As I said my prayers that night, I had a strong witness that God cares. He truly cares about what we care about.
Even if it’s the fact I lost the 4 headbands I needed to make the tutus, or the small desires I have every day.
He knows me, and I need to trust Him.
I love that. I love that I could feel His Spirit and I could be reminded of that small truth.
I know I can do better to see the big perspective, but when you find yourself thinking, am I the only one?
You never are alone, and you’re never the only one that cares.
That’s what I realized, and I hope I never forget it!
Worth the read…
“My dear brothers and sisters, it may be true that man is nothing in comparison to the greatness of the universe. At times we may even feel insignificant, invisible, alone, or forgotten. But always remember—you matter to Him! If you ever doubt that, consider these four divine principles:
- First, God loves the humble and meek, for they are “greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”17
- Second, the Lord entrusts “the fulness of [His] gospel [to] be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world.”18 He has chosen “the weak things of the world [to] come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones”19 and to put to shame “the things which are mighty.”20
- Third, no matter where you live, no matter how humble your circumstances, how meager your employment, how limited your abilities, how ordinary your appearance, or how little your calling in the Church may appear to you, you are not invisible to your Heavenly Father. He loves you. He knows your humble heart and your acts of love and kindness. Together, they form a lasting testimony of your fidelity and faith.
- Fourth and finally, please understand that what you see and experience now is not what forever will be. You will not feel loneliness, sorrow, pain, or discouragement forever. We have the faithful promise of God that He will neither forget nor forsake those who incline their hearts to Him.21 Have hope and faith in that promise. Learn to love your Heavenly Father and become His disciple in word and in deed.
Be assured that if you but hold on, believe in Him, and remain faithful in keeping the commandments, one day you will experience for yourselves the promises revealed to the Apostle Paul: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”22
Brothers and sisters, the most powerful Being in the universe is the Father of your spirit. He knows you. He loves you with a perfect love.”