We are all subject to the vicissitudes of life. We experience highs and lows. This is the normal course of humanity. Yet, in those low moments it is easy to feel low or forsaken. It is easy to get discouraged. Elder Holland’s concluding message of encouragement was a much needed balm for all who experienced such moments.
I especially loved how this talk reminded me of my all time favorite talk by Elder Holland entitled “Cast Not Therefore Away Your Confidence.” Both talks focus on how we can avoid being discouraged after spiritual highs. Both speak of the role that Satan plays in causing to doubt our experiences and forget the joy we once felt.
But this new talk has a slightly different emphasis. It speaks primarily to the fact that God will never grow weary or give up on us. He will always love and bless us to the maximum extent possible. And so we can have faith in him.
“If we give our heart to God, if we love the Lord Jesus Christ, if we do the best we can to live the gospel, then tomorrow–and every other day–is ultimately going to be magnificent, even if we don’t always recognize it as such.”
I love this promise. I need it as I encounter my own weakness and imperfections. Even as I feel inadequate, I am comforted by knowing that God’s grade is wholly and completely adequate. What a beautiful and empowering doctrine.