never having to answer to anyone - '09

I am certain, and know of a surety that this life is full up to the brim with purpose. All kinds. There are times when it's difficult to recognize. But it is there. This world. The mountains. Trees. Sunrises. Sunsets. Rocks. Dirt. All of it is here for us (everyone) to enjoy. There is a God, and He loves and cares for me more than I can even comprehend, or begin to. If I lived with the smallest fraction of that love in my heart everyday, I'm sure that I would never treat another person wrongly again. Because love is that strong.

"And we have known and felt the love that God hath to us. God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."

I know I am cared for and loved. I know I have an extremely specific purpose here. There is no such thing as coincidence. There is nobody else in existence who can fulfill and do what I am meant to do. I live my life the way I do because of these reasons. I get out of bed everyday because I know God is God, and there is work he needs me to do.

There are those who may say that believing these things is the easy way out. It makes life easier, to believe that we cared for and loved. Almost as if this opinion is "protecting" us from the harsh "reality" that there is no purpose, there is no one watching over us, hoping that I'll return to them. But it is just the opposite.

Yes, living a good life does make many things so much more simple, so much less of a burden to carry. Knowing Heavenly Father, and also knowing that He loves me, no matter what I do, no matter what mistake I make, does make life a lot easier to exist in. But that doesn't mean, in any way, shape or form that life doesn't come with just as many challenges. It isn't always easy to have faith. It isn't always easy to make the better choice. It isn't quite so effortless to humble myself, and pray, admitting that I am nothing without my Father. It is not an easy task to spend time on prayer and studying when there is so much more to do with my time. That isn't easy. It is so worth it. But not easy.

Easy: not hard or difficult; requiring no great labor or effort; free from pain, discomfort, worry, or care; not harsh or strict; lenient; not burdensome or oppressive; not difficult to influence or overcome; compliant.

I'll tell you what's easy. Laying down, and giving in to any wind or driving force that is attempting to push you, that's easy. It's easy to give in to any temptation that comes your way. It's so much easier to live everyday with no purpose, to simply breathe air, and exist, without the slightest thought of what's next. It's so easy to believe that there is no one who cares what you do - because that way you can do whatever. That way, it doesn't matter. That way, it's EASY.

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