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There are two powerful lessons each of us must learn in order to progress in this Telestial experience. The first lesson is to learn who we really are. Secondly, we must learn who the mortals we daily come in contact with are. These individuals are not always who we think.
A Threat to My Family?
Matt Hill relates an enlightening experience his family had on a recent Monday night:
“For family night awhile back we took our kids to Baskin Robbins for some ice cream. We parked, and as we got out we noticed a guy on a motorcycle pull up next to us. He had long hair, was wearing a skeleton facemask and had on a black leather jacket. My son Korver (8yrs old) looked at him, and quickly did a double take. I could tell he was scared of this man’s appearance and so was I. I had 4 young kids and my wife there with me as we went in to get our ice cream.
As we looked at the flavors, this young man (Maybe late 20’s) bought a cookie and sat facing out the dark window. I looked over at him and my thought was, ‘That is a little strange. Who comes to Baskin Robbins and simply gets a cookie?’ My brain then wandered to the random thought of what would I do if he happened to have a gun under his leather jacket. How could I protect my family if that were to happen? (Subconsciously that was on my mind due to the recent Vegas mass shooting and the day prior the shooting at a church).
Our kids picked their flavors and as I reached for my wallet to pay, the Baskin Robbins employee said,
‘Today is your lucky day. That man over there in the leather jacket paid for your family’s ice cream.’
Amber and I were shocked. I was speechless. We both went over and thanked him for the kind act and he said with a smile,
“No problem, I grew up in a big family so I know what it is like.”
I am usually talkative but I was speechless as my mind reflected upon what had happened and the way I had judged this wonderful, kind man based on his appearance alone. I am grateful to him for teaching me and my family a wonderful lesson that night.”
Who Are The Greatest Souls?
Elder Uchtdorf taught:
“God knows that some of the greatest souls who have ever lived are those who will never appear in the chronicles of history. They are the blessed, humble souls who emulate the Savior’s example and spend the days of their lives doing good.”
…God sees you not only as a mortal being on a small planet who lives for a brief season—He sees you as His child. He sees you as the being you are capable and designed to become. He wants you to know that you matter to Him.” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “You Matter to Him,” October Conference 2011, Italics added)
I had this concept “brought home” to me in the following experience.
A few years ago, I was on a road trip with my husband when we stopped for gas and a snack about 11:00 in the morning. As I was looking for some peanuts, I glanced over at a young woman, in her mid 20’s, who caught my eye. She was dressed in a stretched out tank top and shorts and looked like she had slept in them all night. Her long unkempt platinum blonde hair had at least two inches of dark roots. Her mascara was smeared, and she looked vacant, depressed and lost. My initial assessment was that, here was a girl that didn’t seem to care about herself and didn’t feel anyone else cared about her either.
Imagine my astonishment when just as I was making this mental evaluation, I heard profound and moving words from the Spirit, which powerfully stated, “She is so beloved!” I was absolutely astounded, reeling inside from my original judgment, and feeling the awe of the moment. Now I looked at her with new eyes and a sense of wonder and reverence. I watched her bend down and reach for some chips. I could tell that she had absolutely no idea that she was so cherished.
Who was this young woman? What was she experiencing in her life? What did she believe about herself? She obviously had her personal story of pain, which she felt was absolute truth. The real truth however, was that she was adored and loved beyond measure by unseen beings who understood what she was doing with her life, but who loved her anyway. This was an opening to my awareness.
I Bow To the Divine in You
C.S. Lewis profoundly said,
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship… it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of 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.” (C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, Italics added)
Namaste, (pronounced Na-ma-stay) is a word that is a spoken spiritual salutation in eastern thought. It basically means, “I bow to the divine in you!” or “The Spirit within me honors and respects the Spirit within you.” If we can look at people we come into contact with (including our family members) with that honor, they will feel it. It puts us in a higher state of resonance from which to interact with them.
The School of the Gods
When we remind ourselves that everyone has the spark of the Divine within them, it can temper our reaction to idiosyncrasies and faults. After all, we’re all enrolled in the “School of the Gods!” Some are still in “pre-school,” and others are in “advanced courses,” while sharing this planet. We all live mixed together so that we can truly be tested. The more light and love we obtain through our efforts to become holy, the more we become like God, and hence the more “courses” we pass, and we graduate to new and higher levels.
God completely knows and understands our budding embryo of divinity. Even with all our faults, he absolutely cherishes us. When we can truly comprehend that fact, something in all of us begins to transform. As we grow closer to Him, we begin to comprehend His view of us and others. We discover that indeed, there are no ordinary people, just Gods in the making.
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