I was telling Allen recently about a friend down the street.
I see her life as being a fairy-tale princess life. Her three adult children are good and active in the church. Her husband has a steady job with a very good income. She lives in a beautiful home. She is very healthy. As far as I can tell, she has not suffered any of these events in her life, thus far:
untimely death of a child or loved one
children letting go of the rod
It made me wonder about the belief that sorrow will come into anyone's life. While I certainly don't wish bad things to happen on anyone, I was thinking about the seeming lack challenges or hardship in her life and expressed that to Allen.
He said something so wise that it caught me up short:
"You don't really know what she has suffered because she has found great JOY in living the Gospel."
What a great response. I DON'T know about her challenges; if any of those have happened to her, those are not things she focuses on. And, when I see her, she has the JOY of the Gospel in her eyes, life, demeanor.
It was a moment that I want to remember and apply in my own life.
To find the JOY of living the Gospel.