We are surrounded by such an astonishing wealth of light and truth that I wonder if we truly appreciate what we have.
President Uchtdof talked about how blessed we are. How we are surrounded by so many amazing things. When we think about the medical care we have today, and the ability to find answers on the internet, the smart phones that have all the information we can imagine at our fingertips, and even the cars and televisions of today. We are literally surrounded by amazing technology that gives us access to things that were once only in a science fiction novel.
President Uchtdorf talked about going to Belfast, in Northern Ireland. While there, he noticed the Belfast Coat of Arms, which includes the motto “Pro tanto quid retribuamus,” or “What shall we give in return for so much?” What a question to ponder as we go through each day. Are we too busy to even realize our blessings? Do we not have time for our scriptures and prayers? Do we forget the great gifts God has surrounded us with every single day?
I invite each of us to consider this question. What shall we give in return for the flood of light and truth God has poured out upon us? What is it worth to us? I think that the best gift of all is to take advantage of the knowledge that we are blessed with. We can study and pray and find the answers to our questions. We can seek and learn. We can follow the commandments and seek the light that is around us.
I have learned that it is so easy to get overwhelmed with the business of every day life. It is easy to put anything that is not a hot topic on the back burner. However, I am also learning that we need to make God a priority in our lives, no matter how busy we might be. He is there. He answers our prayers and He will help us in our daily struggles.
I think the best way to show appreciation is to remember Him in all the little things that surround us. It is not just the big things that make us. We don't have to wait until we are hurting to involve Him in our lives. We just need to remember Him, to know He is there. To know that we are loved. To know that He wants us to come to Him.