The Basics of Life

by | Oct 16, 2018 | Devotional | 1 comment

blocks_colorful_baby.jpg

I recently ran across a bookmark I have in my Book of Mormon from GMBA Campout 1996. The theme was “Back to the Basics.” I was 9 years old at the time, so I can’t say I remember much from this particular campout, but that theme immediately reminded me of a song called “The Basics of Life” by 4HIM. Although this song was released in 1992, its lyrics are more relevant today than ever. The chorus sings like this:

“We need to get back
To the basics of life
A heart that is pure
And a love that is blind
A faith that is fervently grounded in Christ
The hope that endures for all times
These are the basics, we need to get back
To the basics of life”

Every day, we — and most especially our young people — are bombarded with the world’s view of what’s right and what’s wrong. At every turn, we encounter messages trying to persuade us that God’s word is outdated. That our morals are old fashioned. That our views are antiquated. The song puts it this way:

“We’ve turned the page, for a new day has dawned
We’ve re-arranged what is right and what’s wrong
Somehow we’ve drifted so far from the truth
That we can’t get back home

Where are the virtues that once gave us light?
Where are the morals that governed our lives?”

But we know better. We know that God never changes. He has given us His word and the Holy Ghost to help us discern right from wrong, and has exhorted us not to follow the world’s standards. It’s not always easy to maintain these basics — a pure heart, blind love, fervent faith, enduring hope — but we must try our best to shine our light in an otherwise dim world. We may be someone’s only chance to see it. The songwriters say:

“We’ve let the darkness invade us too long
We’ve got to turn the tide
Oh, and we need the passion that burned long ago
To come and open our eyes
There’s no room for compromise”

God’s word, of course, says it best: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

Bio Mallory

This article has undergone ministry review and approval.

1 Comment

  1. Teri-Lyn Tunno

    Such a wonderful blog! I totally agree and it is very hard for our young people so bombarded with the things of this life. Some of us are being kept busy and our focus has moved. May we all get back to the basics. Awesome song!

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Further Reading

Dear Busy Parent

Dear Busy Parent, Keeping the kids alive, shuttling them to and from their various activities and schools and daycares, working in order to afford said activities and to survive, taking care of meals and making sure the house is clean and the yard is tidy...there...

Read More

The Mom and the Butterfly

I homeschool my two little boys, and for our last "fun" science project of the school year, we got one of those caterpillar-to-butterfly kits. Over the course of about two weeks, we watched with delight and disgust as six caterpillars munched their way through a...

Read More

Never Miss a New Article

Subscribe to Our Email List
Sign up and get every new blog post sent straight to your inbox so you always have the day’s devotional at your fingertips.

We never share your email address with anyone for any reason, and we use it only to send you Gospel Blog emails. Just articles, not ads!

Your Story for God’s Glory

Share Your Testimony on Miracle Monday

We devote Miracle Monday to sharing miracle stories. From finding a lost wedding ring to healing cancer on the spot, Jesus Christ has done it all, big and small.

And we want to hear about what He’s done for you.

The Gospel Blog Is Open for Submissions

We encourage devotional-style or scripture-based articles in the ballpark of 500 words. We are open to any topic that glorifies God and unites the Church.