A few days ago my husband and I visited the Saratoga Springs temple site. We were thrilled at the progress that has been made on the construction of this beautiful building. A talented architect put together an excellent plan for this building. When it is complete, we will serve as ordinance workers there. Although it now looks a little rough, the Saratoga Springs Temple will be a place of peace and beauty. When we go inside we will be in the House of the Lord, and His Spirit will be there.
Much like this temple, we are under construction. We are works in progress. What are we becoming? Are we becoming more refined and able to have the Lord’s Spirit abide in us? Is there peace inside of us? The temple has a picture in front of it of the artist’s rendition of the finished temple. Can we imagine a rendition of ourselves when we are complete? Who is the artist? Who is the architect in our lives? What will that future completeness look like?
Just like this incomplete temple, we are “a little rough.” One of the ways God refines us is through the difficult circumstances and challenges in our lives. It’s like the hammering and welding of the temple structure. If you’re like me (and you probably are), things have happened in your life that you never, ever imagined you’d be called to deal with. These are the things that can work to refine us and make us who we can be. Can we muster the faith in God to embrace these challenges? Nephi said, “…I know that [God] loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.” Often we can’t see or know the meaning of the things we are called to endure in life, but we can remember that God loves his children, and from that we know that everything will turn to the good of those who love God and keep His commandments.
As a life coach, my mission is to help women to find peace of mind through managing their thoughts. In my own life, this has enabled me to focus more on meeting life’s challenges with calmness of spirit and increased faith. I know it can help you too. Let’s talk.