Your Spirit Craves Light

At this time of year, light can feel hard to come by. The sun rises late and sets early, and inclement weather often paints the sky a dull, light-obscuring gray. In response, we decorate our homes with cheerful, twinkling lights, we light candles and we sit before warm fires at night. As much as our bodies crave physical light, however, our spirits desire heavenly light even more so.

In a 2016 Ensign article titled “The Light of the Perfect Day,” Elder Larry Lawrence said, “Success is not about how much money you make or how many medals you win or how much fame you achieve. The real objective of our existence is to gain light.” He then points to Doctrine & Covenants 50:24, which identifies “that which is of God is light” and adds “he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.”

“This verse perfectly summarizes our purpose on earth,” Elder Lawrence says. “Eternal progress simply means increasing in light.”
So the question becomes, how can we increase in light? A first step might be to recognize and believe in the light that already exists within you. In his New Testament Gospel, John speaks of “the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” Heavenly Father gave us a boost when we arrived here: we already had the Light of Christ, a bit of that high-vibrating energy that tends toward good. Our spiritual and physical bodies, patterned as they are after God’s, naturally desire more of that goodness they already know.
Another name for light is truth, so another step toward greater light could be identifying and replacing any untruths that are clouding your light reception. It’s no coincidence that Satan is often called both the father of lies and the prince of darkness: that’s where he does his best work. “And that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth” (D&C 93:39) by whispering in our ears that perfection is impossible, a little disobedience is okay, we aren’t as worthy as our neighbors. His excuses are endless, but in the end, his goal is the same for all: bring as many souls into darkness as possible. So when you feel that dark influence, figure out the lie he wants you to embrace and replace it with a truth full of God’s light.

Finally, rely on the One who God said would be “an everlasting light”: Jesus Christ. “I am the light of the world,” He said. “He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

On the darkest of days, whether on the weather forecast or deep within our hearts, there is always light to be found – He who created it has promised us that.

By Melanie Kasper

By Melanie Kasper

liveJoy Founder and Life Coach