The Good Life

On Easter Sunday I was invited to guest blog on Becky Higgins' "The Good Life" blog. For those who didn't get a chance to read it, I'd like to share it with you: 

I enjoy Bikram yoga and practice at a studio located in a gorgeous garden setting. During the past couple of weeks, I’ve looked out the studio window and watched spring arrive—different flowers pop up almost daily. Spring makes me happy and so does the idea of new life and new beginnings. . . the beautiful spring flowers bring joy to my soul, and I can’t help but think of the beauty of the world around us and my Savior Jesus Christ, who makes it all possible.

I understand that not everyone believes in Christ, and I hope that by sharing my personal feelings about Him, I don’t offend anyone; personal beliefs are sacred and I honor and respect everyone’s right to choose who—and what—to believe in.

This Easter Sunday is the perfect opportunity to share what truly has made my life good—and that’s my relationship with my Savior. Whether I’m in a happy or sad place, sailing or struggling, surrounded by loved ones or curled up in a corner all alone, everything is better when I invite the Savior into my life.

And it is an invitation I have to extend. One of my favorite images of the Savior is Him standing at a door, knocking. If you look closely, the door has no doorknob. The idea, of course, is that He is always ready to enter our lives but will never force Himself into our lives. The decision to open the door is ours alone.

When I try to do things on my own, it gets pretty lonely, but when I remember to open the door, I am overwhelmed with feelings of love, peace, and gratitude. Dark moments become brighter and happy moments become more joyful when the Savior is part of them.

Turning to the Savior—a higher power, a source of endless love and encouragement—allows me to accept myself as I am while hoping every day that I can become better. That is what makes my life good!

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