Good Morning Friends 🙂
It’s Thursday!  What are you thankful for in this moment? As you reflect on your day, your weekend, your past week, what are the nuggets that stand out?
How can you generate more gratitude for your life and the moments that make up this human experience we are in the thick of?

My dad shared a quote with me this weekend that has gotten me thinking.  It is from  Antonin Scalia who served as an associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1986-2016.

He said:
“God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools…and He has not been disappointed.
If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity.
Be fools for Christ.
And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”
This hit me.  Am I willing to be “a fool for Christ”? To be viewed as a fool in the eyes of some because of my love and testimony of Jesus Christ? Am I willing to courageously spread and share the wisdom I know because of my Faith in Christ, despite others criticizing me or labeling me as a stupid fool?

There have been multiple people in my life over the past couple of weeks who are powerful examples of unashamedly sharing their wisdom of living a Christ centered life.  These people are not afraid to be a “fool for Christ” and I’m so grateful for their inspiring example. 

I lived 2 weeks in Fiji where every day the village started and ended the day with powerful song and heartfelt prayer.  They took such joy in glorifying God and testifying of Christ.  Their stalwart and joyful commitment to Christ left an impression on my heart.

This past weekend I was at a conference where a woman stood In front of a crowd, filled with all types of people, and unashamedly testified that the biggest reason for her success was weekly temple service and a life centered on Christ.  It was a powerful and poignant moment.

These are 2 recent examples of people living their faith in a loud and very public way.  They had the courage to share their Christ centered wisdom despite what others may think, say or do. 

 I’m grateful for the lingering question resonating in my mind, “Am I sharing my wisdom in a public and courageous way, willing to be a fool for Christ?” 

I sure hope so!!  There have been instances in the past when I’ve shied away from boldly testifying of Christ- not wanting to offend or alienate anyone.  Now I know, it is not my job to manage other people’s emotions. The way others respond or react is their business.  My business is to unabashedly show up in alignment with my truest, most divine self.  I am a disciple of Christ, striving to become more and more like him every single day.  

I am grateful for the call I’ve been hearing lately to level up spiritually and boldly express my wisdom which is 100% centered on Christ.  The light of Christ is in and through all things.  It is the energy of love and gives life to all things. Love wins!! Christ is my Savior, my brother and my best friend.  With Him, all things are possible.  As to my own strength and abilities, I am nothing.  However, with Christ, watch out world!! 

Have you been hearing the same call to step up spiritually and to testify more boldly of Christ? Are you willing to be a fool for Christ?

Here are 2 of my very favorite scriptures. I feel the truth of these verses to my core: 

“Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.”
Alma [26:12] 

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Philippians [4:13]
I am thankful for the chance I have to live my best life, which is a life 100% focused on Christ.  I am thankful for good people who show me what that looks like.  I am thankful for Jesus Christ!!

With light and love,
Candice Noss

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