We All Play A Part In The Symphony

When a person is discouraged, stressed, depressed, or feeling down in some way, there is often the feeling that one is all alone. It is not uncommon for a person to feel isolated, even in a crowd. A person may feel that no one cares, that they don’t matter to anyone, and that they are all alone in the world.

Being separate is an illusion. We are all interconnected. We cannot hurt another person without hurting ourselves; as we do good for others it does us good. We are never truly alone. We are meant to be one with each other, that is one of the reasons for the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Because of his mercy we can all be one. In John chapter 17 it is recorded that Jesus Christ prayed:

11) Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
21) That hey all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22) And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23) I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

The oneness that existed between Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father is meant for all of us. If we can see that we are all one with each other, rather than separate from each other, there will be much more love and compassion for each other. In D&C 38 Christ told us:

24) And let every man esteem his brother as himself, and practice virtue and holiness before me.
25) And again I say  unto you, let every man esteem his brother as himself.
27)I say unto you, be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine.

As we recognize that we are all connected and meant to be one with each other, we are much more likely to keep the golden rule, and do to others what we would have others do to us; to esteem others as ourselves.

Our natural perception is to see ourselves as isolated individuals. As if we don’t extend beyond the reach of our own arm. It is like we are going down a river in canoes, and we see ourselves in a canoe by ourselves, and everyone else in their own canoe. Some are going the same direction as us, we see some as opposing us. We fear some may try to sink our canoe. The truth is we are all in one boat, and if we try to sink someone else’s canoe, we are sinking our own canoe. What I feel, whether it be love or hate, affects the whole world to some degree.

In a marriage the husband and wife often see each other as being in separate canoes, often going in different directions. It is essential in marriage that we esteem each other as ourselves. Anything we do to damage our spouses canoe will certainly hurt ours. The Apostle Peter said:

Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: (1 Peter 3:8)

Read the lyrics to the song Glorious written by Stephanie Mabey, sung by David Archuleta

[Verse 1]
There are times when you might feel aimless
You can’t see the places where you belong
But you will find that there is a purpose
It’s been there within you all along and when you’re near it
You can almost hear it.
[Chorus]
It’s like a symphony just keep listening
And pretty soon you’ll start to figure out your part
Everyone plays a piece and there are melodies
In each one of us, oh, it’s glorious
[Verse 2]
You will know how to let it ring out as you discover who you are
Others around you will start to wake up
To the sounds that are in their hearts
It’s so amazing, what we’re all creating
[Chorus]
It’s like a symphony just keep listening
And pretty soon you’ll start to figure out your part
Everyone plays a piece and there are melodies
In each one of us, oh, it’s glorious
[Bridge]
And as you feel the notes build higher
You will see
[Chorus]
It’s like a symphony just keep listening
And pretty soon you’ll start to figure out your part
Everyone plays a piece and there are melodies
In each one of us, oh, it’s glorious

In this inspired song it starts off with the lyrics defining someone as alone, not sure where to fit it, kind of a sad tone. Then shows some deep truth, we are playing a part in the same symphony, we have a purpose, we are not alone, it’s amazing what we are all creating… together. No one is alone in a orchestra playing a symphony, no one has to play all the parts by themselves. The violins don’t have to play the flute parts. Even though the violins and flutes are different, they play as one in the same symphony. When the symphony succeeds, it is because all the instruments are playing their part. If one instrument thinks it is more important than another, and sabotages some other instrument, then the symphony will fail. To hurt another another member would be hurtful to self.  There should not be competition or criticism among the members of the symphony.  In 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Paul  did an excellent job describing this principle when he used the analogy that we are all parts of a body:

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body in no one member, but man. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And it the ear shall say, Because I am no the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But no hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor gain the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem  to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more  abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ. 

Don’t see yourself as an isolated, limited being. We tend to see ourselves as having a beginning and an end, finite. Align yourself with the truth about you, accept your true identity. You are a child of god, you are infinite, you have always existed. You are connected to all that is. You aren’t alone, you are not separate from God. We are all interconnected and meant to be one with each other!

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About Arden Compton

I love helping people be the best that they can be. Addiction, stress, limiting beliefs & emotions, and bothersome memories are my specialties. I am happily married to my wife Cheryl, we have 7 robust, growing children. I like to ballroom dance, play volleyball, and enjoy the beauty of nature!
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