Wearing a Striped Shirt

 

Basketball Referee

Basketball Referee

I enjoyed watching the recent NCAA basketball championship series.  I am always impressed with the perfected level of athleticism resulting from many hours of rigorous practice.  Every now and then my attention was drawn to the people wearing black and white striped shirts.  These are the only ones on the playing court responsible for rules being followed.  There are ten players watched over by only three officials. I suggest there are also officiators in our lives—our conscience and the Holy Ghost. Every person is blessed with the light of Christ, or conscience, to discern between right and wrong.  The gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:12-17) is conferred through Priesthood authority following baptism.  It is the right, based upon faithfulness, to the constant companionship of that member of the Godhead. I have found it is best when I live in a manner to allow the promptings of the Holy Ghost to compliment my conscience pointing the right course to be pursued.  I must listen for their whistles to blow when I have not observed all the rules. Then I must repent, allowing a new “shot clock” to restart.  This analogy brings life’s experiences into spiritual learning.

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