She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, “If I could only see the world, I would marry you.” One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.
He asked her, “Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?” The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn’t expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.
Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: “Take good care of your eyes, my dear; for before they were yours, they were mine.”
Life Is a Gift
Today before you say an unkind word—think of someone who can’t speak. Before you complain about the taste of your food—think of someone who has nothing to eat. Before you complain about your husband or wife—think of someone who’s crying out to God for a companion. Today before you complain about life—think of someone who went too early to heaven. Before whining about the distance you drive—think of someone who walks the same distance. And when you are tired and complain about your job—think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job. And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down—put a smile on your face and remember that you’re alive and still around. Always foster an attitude of gratitude; it will change your life.
—Submitted by Frances Shipp, Principal, Weaver (AL) High School (reprinted here, by Charles J. Brooks – without permission.
There is actually a “better SOLUTION to this story,” had the “boyfriend” been “just a bit more alert.” He could have given her “just one” of his eyes, then they both would have been equally sighted. Digging deeper, there is “always a better solution,” that is often available.
Matthew 7:7-8 – says: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: “For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” This scripture seems clear enough, but life’s experiences, along with other passages of scripture tell us that the invitation to ask, to seek, and to knock involves a lot more than merely asking. Through Jeremiah 29:13 – The Lord said, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
Logic tells us that certain amount of searching, forethought, and preparation are required. Once when Oliver Cowdery failed to get the help he desired, the Lord explained to him: “Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me. “But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right. “But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong. …” (D&C 9:7–9.)
… Blessings…cjlb… 7/22/15
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