Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Equality in the testing

I have a degree in behavioral science. (Two words that took me FOREVER to learn how to spell!) So you could conclude that human behavior interests me. Reality TV was the coolest thing to me--back when it was new. Do you remember the Real World? I loved watching other people live. It drives my husband crazy when he asks something to the effect of, "what in the world are they thinking?" and I come up with 100 different possibilities. He seems to think I am taking sides with the "other person." Yet I just really love trying to understand people. I watch as some people really struggle, while others seem to skip through life. From our perspective, it doesn't seem fair. Yet Boyd K. Packer said something I really love:
"Our lives are made up of thousands of everyday choices. Over the years these little choices will be bundled together and show clearly what we value.

The crucial test of life, I repeat, does not center in the choice between fame and obscurity, nor between wealth and poverty. The greatest decision of life is between good and evil.

We may foolishly bring unhappiness and trouble, even suffering upon ourselves. These are not always to be regarded as penalties imposed by a displeased Creator. They are part of the lessons of life, part of the test.

Some are tested by poor health, some by a body that is deformed or homely. Others are tested by handsome and healthy bodies; some by the passion of youth; others by the erosions of age.

Some suffer disappointment in marriage, family problems; others live in poverty and obscurity. Some (perhaps this is the hardest test) find ease and luxury.  All are part of the test, and there is more equality in this testing than sometimes we suspect." -Boyd K. Packer "The choice" Ensign, November 1980 (pg 20)
So when you may be feeling like you have it harder than others, remember that there is more equality in this testing than we might suspect!

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