Each Christmas my family lights luminaries in the front yard to "Light the Way for Christ." It is a beautiful tradition that got me thinking as we braved the cold and lit around 60 candles. Am I letting Christ into my life? Am I lighting the way so He can find me? Am I reaching out to Him and asking for His help? Am I welcoming Him and His love into my heart? Am I making Him the focus of all of my thoughts, desires, and actions?
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Doctrine and Covenants 88:33 says it perfectly: "For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift."
How do we receive this gift from the Savior? We accept the Savior into our lives, reach out to Him and seek His guidance, do our best to obey His commandments, learn of Him through studying His words and strengthen our relationship with Him, serve our fellow men, acknowledge the hand of the Savior in our lives, humble ourselves and allow the Savior to take our burdens.
So is it better to give or receive? Both! We need to remember the Savior always, especially during this Christmas season and think of ways to GIVE to Him as we follow His commandments, try to do His will, and serve and love the people around us. We also need to RECEIVE in our hearts the gift of the Atonement that Jesus Christ gave to all so willingly.