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There are over 7 billion people in the world today. Let’s face it, in order to be successful in this world it takes hard work, persistence, and a busy schedule. How can people, including myself, get to be so rushed, angry, emotional, to the point where we begin to see others as objects and no longer people. We become so busy in our lives that we forget what matters.
Throughout my experiences in life this far, one thing that I have come to cherish most is a sense of peace. Being baptized at the age of twenty four provided me with a special taste of the Gospel. Stresses of life, family, professional goals, and education proved to be very real. The Gospel ignited a tiny spark within my heart and grew to become a fire I now strive to remain lit.
Through my attempts to find solitude, one place that has never failed to bring peace unto my soul has been the great outdoors. When I look to the skyline of a mountain range, or the vast oceans, even the skyline of a man made city, I see the Lords hand. It is there where I find myself coming back down to reality, realizing what is important, and my burdens seem to diminish.
Being outdoors has not only proven to bring me closer to my creator but closer to those around me. Experiences held with family in friends while being out and about in nature have proven to be some of my fondest memories that I will cherish forever. When I am experiencing the outdoors of this beautiful world the Lord has created, I understand the big picture. It’s more than our bills, more than what we have, more than what we have accomplished, and more than we can barely imagine.
The outdoors has proven to be an amazing stress reliever. Activities such as hiking, Scuba diving, snowboarding, bicycle riding, and sightseeing have increased my outlook on this world and on life.
Our natural world is a reflection of how great our Heavenly Father loves us. It is His design that has been put here for our enjoyment and use. Let us all find peace and comfort, motivation and inspiration, in the world around us. Get outdoors and experience the world how the Lord created it.
Have fun, find peace, and strive to keep the fire of your testimony lit.
Scriptures I may use:
Isaiah 55:12 – For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap [their] hands.
Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Psalms 33:5 – He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
Psalm 23:2-3 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Luke 5:16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
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