Thursday, February 18, 2010

On the Fence...

We were talking about this story tonight while we were reading scriptures. I love the message that this story gives my teenagers. We don't have the luxury of taking our time to sit on the fence. The time to choose sides is today--NOW! You are either on the Lord's side or on Satan's--each choice we make in our lives brings us closer to one side or the other--and sooner or later your time is up. If you haven't heard this story, it's a good one!

Sitting On The Fence

There was an incredibly large group of people assembled. On one side of the group stood a man, Jesus. On the other side of the group stood another man, Satan. Separating them, running through the group was a fence.

The scene set, both Jesus and Satan began calling to the people in the group and, one by one, each having made up his or her mind, each went to either Jesus or Satan.

This kept going, and eventually Jesus had gathered around him a group of people from the larger crowds, as did Satan. But one man joined neither group. He climbed the fence that was there and just sat down on it. Then Jesus and his people left and disappeared. So too did Satan and his people.

And the man on the fence sat alone.

As this man sat there, Satan came back, and appeared to be looking for something that he’d lost. The man said, “Have you lost something?” Satan looked straight at him and replied, “No, there you are. Come with me.”
“But,” said the man, “I sat on the fence. I chose neither you nor Him.
“That’s okay,” said Satan. “I own the fence.”

“No man can serve two masters."

We were reading tonight in Alma, about missionary work, and how Alma and his brethren were persecuted time after time by the people they were trying to save, trying to love. But they never gave up--they kept trying, and had faith that God would help them and protect them. I was telling the girls that there will be times in their lives that people will persecute them, or make fun of their beliefs. There will be people who say that when you keep the commandments, and do the right things that you are a "goody goody", or that all of the rules are stupid & church is a waste of time. Will it always be easy to live the gospel? No. It is tempting in these situations to sit on the fence. To not be TOO good, but not that bad either. Sometimes if we sit on the fence, people will leave us alone, we don't attract much attention that way. But, I told them, your place in this world is NOT on the fence. The prophet has challenged us time after time to take our place, to stand up, to do what's right--even in the face of mocking or persecution. We are to be a light to the world! It wasn't easy for Alma either, or for Abinadi, or for Nephi, or for Joseph Smith, or for our Savior. Each of our heroes in the scriptures endured persecution, and stood up for what they believed. One of my favorite scriptures is, "Choose ye this day whom ye will serve, but as for ME and MY HOUSE--we will serve the Lord!" Our challenge in these last days is to get off the fence, and stand for right. If we won't do it--who will???

1 comment:

Huston Family said...

I'm usuing your post for FHE tonight. Thanks for the great insight!

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