Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ready to Catch?

Last month, Damon L. Bahr, a professor at BYU, gave a quite outstanding devotional address. You can watch it here. I think it is well worth the half hour it will take!

In his talk, Prof. Bahr comments on something Neal A. Maxwell terms "redemptive turbulence", using 2 Nephi 28:19 to illustrate how "some people will tire of the natural consequences of living a worldly lifestyle, indeed, of living without God in the world, and seek for a better way of life."

He goes on to describe our responsibility when this occurs: "What is our role as redemptive turbulence literally shakes people out of the kingdom of the world? We must stand with our arms open, ready to catch them, accepting the Lord’s invitation to ‘Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers (or catchers) of men.’"

He tells several stories of when he was in a position to "catch" friends, neighbors, and even strangers through creative missionary work.

This Christmas season, are you ready to "catch" your family members, your friends, and others? How about at other times of the year?

Being ready to "catch" requires the personal worthiness of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-- it's hard (impossible) to lead someone else to the Lord if you're not on the right track yourself. It requires soberness and a commitment to covenant-keeping.

But, it's also important to remember that no one is perfect, and even if you struggle in some areas, you can still be just the right "catcher" if someone needs you.

Happy catching :o)

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