Be of Good Cheer

How do we find courage to carry on during difficult moments of life?

The following story was told by S. Gifford Neilson,

“In 1978, I stood on a football field in a stadium packed with 65,000 fans. In front of me were several very large opponents who looked like they wanted to take my head off. It was my first game as a starting quarterback in the National Football League, and we were playing the reigning Super Bowl champions. To be honest, I questioned whether I was good enough to be on the field. I dropped back to throw my first pass, and as I released the ball, I was hit harder than I’d ever been hit before. At that moment, lying under a pile of those massive athletes, I wondered what I was doing there. I had a decision to make. Would I let my doubts overtake me, or would I find courage and strength to get up and to carry on?

He went on to say that many of the challenges in our lives would be more important than his football game.

For strength during difficult times I turn to the Lord, Jesus Christ for help.

I turn to him through prayers to Heavenly Father that are said in the name of Jesus Christ. I turn to him through the scriptures, and I turn to him in my heart as I contemplate his life and sacrifice for me.

At one time Jesus had sent his disciples away on a ship, but a terrible storm arose. In the middle of the storm they thought they would perish but then a person came to them, walking on the water. At first they were afraid, but then they heard him speak.

Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

Matt 14:27

Later he told Peter to “Come” to him on the water.

Throughout history Jesus Christ helps to lift us from our daily challenges and struggles by telling us such invitations and encouragement as Come unto me, Follow me, Be strong and of a good courage, Repent, Believe, and I am the light of the world.

All of these phrases should give us hope and help us not to fear. We learn, that we are never alone and that there is always someone that understands us.

We find courage to get through difficult times by allowing Jesus Christ into our lives, following the commandments of Heavenly Father, and listening to the whisperings and comfort of the Holy Ghost.

We can’t do it alone—we need help.

And one of those that is always there to help us is our Redeemer, our Lord, and our Savior Jesus Christ. His way offers us peace and endurance and hope.

His way is the only way to have the courage to overcome doubts, fears, and challenges in our life.

As we make a life long study of Jesus and try to emulate him, turn to him, and have faith in him, we will be blessed with his spirt in our life.

In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

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