Too many people, too little time.
Our lives are filled with people, people we really like, people we really enjoy being with, and people we find interesting. The problem is time. God has allotted a certain span of time to us, and it is inadequate to accommodate the involvement we would like to have in the lives of our friends, and even our family. If you are reading this blog we are talking about you. We would like to spend more time with you.
Nonetheless, we are blessed with some time to spend with others. An example came this week in the form of an email:
We Know You!
Dear Elder and Sister Ware!
Do you remember Howard and Ali C . . . from Salem? We were on the Israel tour with you! We are in your mission serving as YSA missionaries! We just arrived Wed so are new and not quite settled, etc! We surely knew you when we saw your picture! Great memories..
Did you replace the A . . .’s of Lindon? We spoke with them a few weeks ago because they were from this mission.
Lets get together! When are you free for dinner? We would love to meet and talk.
We live in Henrico. Love, Ali
So a friendship was renewed with a great couple we met on our trip to Israel. They are now serving with us in our mission. Their assignment is similar to ours. They serve in Richmond, work with YSA members, and are associated with Virginia Commonwealth University in the downtown area.
We really enjoyed being with them in Israel and are excited to spend additional time with them as we serve in the Virginia Richmond Mission.
Time shifts, locations shift and we are now together in Virginia. They were our friends years ago, they were our friends during the years we were separated with no contact, and they are our friends now the Lord has seen fit to bring us together again.
I am reminded of a quote from C. S. Lewis.
“It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit” (The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses , 19).
There are no ordinary people.
You have never talked to a mere mortal.
It is immortals we associate with.
We are so happy when we think about all the people in our lives – those at home, and those who are here on our mission. Because we know they are immortal we want the best for them.
We are all God’s children. The gospel of Jesus Christ is available to bless all of us. The blessings come when we keep God’s commandments. The concept of family is much more than just the immediate family. We see the people we know, and the people we have yet to meet, as one large extended family.
“Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God; For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him.” (D&C 18:10-11)