Today I was thinking about devotion,conversion, and commitment. In morning meetings before church the Bishop spoke about conversion and how it is a process that takes time, effort, energy, and trials of faith. There is a constant struggle between the distractions and temptations of the world and the Christ-centered life. It reminded me of Mark 8:34-35:
“Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.”
What does losing one’s life really mean? I found a great explanation in a quote by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf from the April 2015 General Conference:
“Those who wholeheartedly turn their lives over to our Savior and serve God and fellowman discover a richness and fullness to life that the selfish or egotistic will never experience. The unselfish give of themselves. These may be small gifts of charity that have a grand impact for good: a smile, a handshake, a hug, time spent in listening, a soft word of encouragement, or a gesture of caring. All these acts of kindness can change hearts and lives. When we take advantage of the unlimited opportunities to love and serve our fellowmen, including our spouse and family, our capacity to love God and to serve others will greatly increase.”
We truly do have unlimited opportunities to love and serve others, just as we have unlimited opportunities to focus solely on ourselves and our own desires. The Savior made it clear which one He expects of those who desire to love and follow Him.