Even when you can’t see the light of Christ, it’s still there. Reorganizing your priorities can help you end your spiritual eclipse.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks out the light and warmth of the sun. Even though the moon is about 400 times smaller than the sun, it’s also about 400 times closer to the Earth. This is what makes a solar eclipse possible. Elder Gary E. Stevenson uses this phenomenon to describe a spiritual eclipse, which occurs “when we allow minor and troublesome obstructions—those we face in our daily lives—to get so close that they block out the magnitude, brightness, and warmth of the light of Jesus Christ and His gospel.”
One possible obstruction is social media. If we let social media become too important, it can block out the light of Jesus Christ. How can we find that light again when we have allowed social media to get between us and Christ?
Elder Stevenson reminds us that “success in life doesn’t come down to how many likes we get or how many social media friends or followers we have. It does, however, have something to do with meaningfully connecting with others and adding light to their lives.” If our social media use is blocking the light of Christ, then we should find a way to serve, whether that be visiting someone in need, smiling at the store cashier, washing a roommate’s dishes, or even taking out the trash!
Elder Stevenson promises, “No matter the obstruction that may block our vision of gospel light, the light is still there. That source of warmth, truth, and brightness is the gospel of Jesus Christ.” As we fill our lives with acts of service, we will see the light of Christ.
Read the entire talk “Spiritual Eclipse” by Elder Gary E. Stevenson.
Source: General Conference of the Church
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