Hi everyone! I have spent some time in the middle of nowhere for the past week or so and it has been an awesome experience for me. One of the nights I was there, I went with a few close friends for a drive to the top of a hill. We lied down on the hill and looked up into the night sky. We were there for about an hour just talking amongst ourselves about life and the like. Living in the city, I don't get to see that many stars at night time. But for a few days, having the stars there, surrounded by the bush and rolling hills was great for me. I took a lot of this time to think about my life and where it is going. I didn't get that far, but I came up with some fantastic things that will help me personally over the coming months.
As I was looking up at the stars, I felt so small in contrast to the universe. I am just some small speck in this massive incomprehensible universe. BUT, I mean a lot to my Father in Heaven. He cares about me so much that the hairs on my head are numbered and He knows my ups and down. That, plus He cares for each and every one of us in the same way.
As I pondered this, a recent address by Dieter F. Uchtdorf came to mind, especially the following section of his address:
But even though man is nothing, it fills me with wonder and awe to think that “the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.”
And while we may look at the vast expanse of the universe and say, “What is man in comparison to the glory of creation?” God Himself said we are the reason He created the universe! His work and glory—the purpose for this magnificent universe—is to save and exalt mankind. In other words, the vast expanse of eternity, the glories and mysteries of infinite space and time are all built for the benefit of ordinary mortals like you and me. Our Heavenly Father created the universe that we might reach our potential as His sons and daughters.
This is a paradox of man: compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God. While against the backdrop of infinite creation we may appear to be nothing, we have a spark of eternal fire burning within our breast. We have the incomprehensible promise of exaltation—worlds without end—within our grasp. And it is God’s great desire to help us reach it.
DIETER F. UCHTDORF
We all are just a speck in the universe, but we are priceless. I was reading in Isaiah the other day and I came across this passage.
I will make a man more precious than fine gold
We really are important and the worth or our souls is enormous. One person can have an impact on the whole world. Our Father in heaven will make us more precious that fine gold. There are many things we can do ourselves to help this take place, but ultimately we need the Lord to have this glorious transformation take place. We can also be a tool in the hand of the Lord by helping others reach their potential. We can be people who bring out the best in others and not worse. We can give encouraging words when someone is undertaking a difficult task or going through a difficult time in their life. Recently I have had the opportunity to make friends with someone a couple of weeks ago. He isn't in the country long, but has made a big impact on me in helping me reach my potential. We have only got to know each other well in the past week, but the topics we discussed brought out (on the most part) the best in both of us. I encourage all of us to try and be that person that brings out the best in others. God does love us and sends us these kinds of friends to let us know that He loves us and cares about us.