“You can live a happy life, In this world of toil and strife, If there’s sunshine in your heart; And your soul will glow with love From the perfect Light above, if there’s sunshine in your heart today.”
If you’ve been online or near any social media platforms in the past few weeks, you will have seen pictures of beautiful blossoms and bright colorful flowers, as people herald the much anticipated arrival of Spring. For many, the Spring season means emerging from the long dark winter, into a season of warmer temperatures and extended daylight. In the same way that our spirits can be lifted at the prospect of flowers and sunshine, I felt that same “lift”as I sat in church today; emerging from the rain, from six long days of work, school, and life, into the tranquil peace of a church service where singing You Can Make the Pathway Bright with 150 other imperfect humans became a few moments of enlightenment and understanding.
We can find that much hoped-for feeling of Spring and enlightenment and happiness by allowing sunshine into our hearts. We CAN make our pathways bright.
“You can do a kindly deed, To your neighbor in his need, If there’s sunshine in your heart; And his burden you will share As you lift his load of care, If there’s sunshine in your heart today.”
In the Book of Mormon, [Mosiah 2:41] King Benjamin taught his people about true happiness.
“And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.”
The Spirit unexpectedly helped me recognize joy as I sang a hymn today. There was rain outside, and there was sunshine in my heart.
When have you been enlightened by the Spirit? When have you felt Sunshine in your heart?