The girl who spoke told the story of working long days as a RN, and later a nurse practitioner. She told of her prayers each night and how “some were prayers for charity, but some weeks, I only prayed to get through the day.” When she prayed daily to have charity in her heart, she felt great care for her patients and her job became a labor of love. However, when she prayed to endure, the days were long and tedious. I was struck with the level of attitude she was speaking of. Neither prayer was unworthy, but one opened her up to a greater life as her focus shifted outward toward others. The circumstances hadn’t changed, but her attitude of charity brought her days to be remembered and shaped her character into a noble one.
There are degrees of attitude. Praying is good. Praying for charity is tremendous. Being positive is good. Being positive when life is stacked against you changes everything..
At the end of the Lord’s life, following the Passover Supper the Savior and his apostles arose and together passed through the streets of Jerusalem, then descended to the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives. There, their Lord paused again to address them.
The final hours were at hand. He knew he would suffer greatly, he knew Judas would betray him, he knew Peter would deny him, he knew he would be tried, beaten and finally crucified. But his message to the eleven gathered around him was beyond that, “Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world,” (John 16:33).
The message has had a powerful influence on my life: In the face of tribulation, distress, persecution, abandonment, or pain, be of good cheer—for He has overcome the world.