A Quality Life

The following is an excerpt from the book Our Search for Happiness 
by M. Russell Ballard. 

"The quality of our lives." It's an interesting phrase. I suspect most people think of this concept in terms of the comforts and conveniences they enjoy. But I prefer to think that the quality of our lives has more to do with substance than style. A quality life is one that positively influences others and makes the world around it a better place in which to live. A quality life is one that is constantly growing, expanding its horizons and enlarging its borders. A quality life is one that is based on eternal potential and not confined to this life only. A quality life is a life well-lived. - But not necessarily a perfect life."  

Elder Ballard goes on to talk about how happiness is the greatest of all riches. He tell a story about when he went on a business trip with, "Three outstanding businessmen, and each had amassed a considerable fortune."  

And when he returned home a few days later from the business trip his wife asked him, "How did you enjoy life in the fastest of all financial fast lanes?"

Elder Ballard responded,
"Honey, we may not have much money or the other things that some people think are so important. But I have a feeling that of the four men on that plane, I was the happiest and, in a way, the richest. I have blessings that money simply cannot buy. And I have the satisfaction of knowing that the things that are most important to me - you, our family, and my love of God - can endure forever." 

He continues in the book by saying, 
"I couldn't help but think of the Savior's words to His disciples when He said, "Lay not up for yourselves treasure upon the earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matthew 6:19-21) 
"The treasure we're talking about is a feeling of comfort, peace, and eternal security. Because I know that I'm part of a holy plan designed by a Heavenly Father who loves all of His children equally and who wants them all to achieve eternal success, there's no pressure on me to compete with anyone for worldly acclaim and accomplishment. Please don't misunderstand: There are many good men and women in the Church of considerable means who know and live Heavenly Father's eternal plan. Their contributions to God's kingdom, both spiritually and financially, have been significant. We all want to provide the necessities of life for our families and do the best we can with the talents God has given us. But when we consider from the unique perspective of eternity, fame and popularity aren't nearly as important as loving and being loved; status doesn't mean much when compared to service; and acquiring spiritual knowledge is infinitely more meaningful than acquiring an excess of wealth."
I wrote this post as a reminder for myself of the important truths that Elder Ballard teaches so well.
 And I thought I would share this with you so that hopefully it can bring the same comfort and clarity into your day as it brought into mine. 

Thanks for reading 

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