20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life. (2 Nephi 31:20) (2nd Nephi is in the Book of Mormon)
Our stake president gave a talk about this scripture. "Perfect Brightness of Hope" just seemed to stand out to me. Hope, in particular. News to some of you, I'm an extremely sarcastic person. I tend to expect the worst, and when the best happens I'm just pleasantly surprised. As nurses we HAVE to do that. We have to plan for the worst, expect the worst, expect our patients to lie. It's part of the gig.
But this scripture blows in the face of that. "A Perfect Brightness of Hope" Things change, that's part of life but things can CHANGE! I can expect the best out of my children. Conner and Spencer can both be responsible individuals who I enjoy being around. I can be that mother I want to be.
My friend Lara has a "theme" in their house each year. I think she got it from nie-nie. They do a whole party to introduce it. I didn't go that far, but I did talk to my children about how the school year is a fresh new beginning. How a perfect brightness of hope tells us we can change. Of course, coupled with that hope in the scriptures is enduring to the end -- which, is the hard part. It's so hard to have that hope sometimes when there's no end in sight.
I think it's something I will try and reference back to during this school year.
And yes, I do have first of school day pictures but the morning went a big awry when P decided to wash her hair in the chocolate chip pancake I'd just placed in front of her.
perfect brightness of hope, perfect brightness of hope, perfect brightness....