I love purple, and all shades of that color.
When I add blueberries to my morning breakfast smoothie, my glass is purple from the berries.
I love the smell of lavender. It’s a soothing, comforting scent. It’s one of my favorite flowers, along with lilacs and violet petunias. Not only do they smell amazing, but they are so beautiful. Purple flowers always find their way to my heart.
But, my favorite shade of purple is an 8.5-year-old, curly-haired, hazel-eyed, energetic, sweet little girl named Violet Baez. She totally has my heart.
Our branch started doing Zoom meetings with our youth every month, and I do one with the 8-to-12-year-old group. The children are absolutely precious and so innocent. I have truly enjoyed my time with them.
In our Zoom class the other day, I taught the fruits of the spirit.
We started by naming our favorite “real” fruit and why we liked it. They listed off apples, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, and more tasty fruits.
Then, we discussed the fruits of the spirit, one by one, and what they mean to us.
When I got to faith, I asked them what they thought it meant.
Violet raised her hand right away, and as precious as a child can be, said, “It means to be more brave than last time.”
She proudly smiled and her face lit up.
I have to admit, it choked me up. It was absolutely precious to me.
We know that having faith means we completely trust God, have firm conviction, and the assurance that the Lord is working, even though we cannot see it at times.
But, just like Violet said, it also means to “be more brave than last time.”
In uncomfortable situations, where we might have to stand up for what we believe in…we should be more brave than last time.
In times when we have to speak the truth, and we are afraid…we should be more brave than last time.
When someone speaks against another person, and we know we need to say something to defend that person…we should be more brave than last time.
When we know God is directing us down a path, but the human in us is nervous…we should be more brave than last time.
We teach our children things, but our children teach us too. I will keep what Violet said that day in my heart.
And the next time we feel uncertain of something, we should remember our faith…
And be more brave than last time.
Be brave. Be courageous. Stand on the Truth. Deuteronomy 31:6.
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