Sunday, July 26, 2015

Richard G. Scott on finding beauty in life

Elder Richard G. Scott (1928- ) served as a Seventy from 1977-1988, when he was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles.
"Do you take time to discover each day how beautiful your life can be? How long has it been since you watched the sun set? The departing rays kissing the clouds, trees, hills, and lowlands good night, sometimes tranquilly, sometimes with exuberant bursts of color and form. What of the wonder of a cloudless night when the Lord unveils the marvels of His heavens—the twinkling stars, the moonlight rays—to ignite our imagination with His greatness and glory? How captivating to watch a seed planted in fertile soil germinate, gather strength, and send forth a tiny, seemingly insignificant sprout. Patiently it begins to grow and develop its own character led by the genetic code the Lord has provided to guide its development. With care it surely will become what it is destined to be: a lily, crowned with grace and beauty; a fragrant spearmint plant; a peach; an avocado; or a beautiful blossom with unique delicacy, hue, and fragrance. When last did you observe a tiny rosebud form? Each day it develops new and impressive character, more promise of beauty until it becomes a majestic rose.
"You are one of the noblest of God's creations. His intent is that your life be gloriously beautiful regardless of your circumstances. As you are grateful and obedient, you can become all that God intends you to be."
- Richard G. Scott, "Finding Joy in Life," Ensign, May 1996, pp. 24-26
Click here to read the full talk

Elder Scott has reminded us several times in recent years to appreciate the beauty of the world around us, noticing God's creations (a testimony of His glory) in spite of the often busy and complicated pace of our lives. He provides a good list of suggestions in the first paragraph of this excerpt, including sunsets, stars in the heavens, sprouting seeds, glorious blossoms and fruit.

But the real key to his message then is the application to us. After enumerating some of the most beautiful and fascinating of God's creations, this is the main point:

No comments:

Post a Comment

// Customization to close archive widget on first view - DK 3/15