gentle rebuke.

30 06 2010

“Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved…” (D&C 121:43)

Yep – I’ve been reproved.

I got back this morning and Grandpa inquired when my last visit to the temple was…

This is sad – because off the top of my head, I actually cannot remember the last time I went.

That can’t be good. It’s actually quite bad.

I was reminded this morning that if there is enough time to go to the driving range multiple times a week then there is surely enough time to go to the temple.

I stand corrected and I am grateful for the reminder. (Mom actually made me promise several weeks ago that I would start going once a week- sorry Mom)

I am so happy with how this scripture blog is going and the daily effect it has had on my own personal testimony – but it is interesting that complacency has still managed to creep into my life.

It is a daily struggle – no matter how good you feel about where you’re headed it is important to realize that there are no breaks in the race.
There is no room for complacency and the only way to avoid that is to be CONSTANTLY on guard.

I’m glad grandpa said something.
I needed to hear it.

As a whole, we all have good intentions BUT;
the road to hell is paved with good intentions, right? Yeah.

Sometimes we need someone on the road to tell us to straighten up and keep moving forward.

The key is to make sure we listen to those individuals Heavenly Father sends our way – and to not be afraid to be that person for someone else.

? How do you overcome complacency?

easily pleased, never satisfied.

16 06 2010

My mission president, President Munday, had a saying he drilled into our heads:

The Lord is easily pleased – but NEVER satisfied.

I have never been able to get that quote out of my mind.

Originally he was speaking about our effort in the mission field. We always knew that the Lord was happy with the work that we were doing but that there was no room for complacency.

I now find myself applying this statement to EVERY aspect of my life.

The problem is that I often bypass the “easily pleased” part and go straight to “never satisfied”.

All I can do while I am at work is think of other jobs I can get or other ways to make money.

I feel like I’m not satisfied with ANY aspect of my life at the moment.

I want to do more spiritually.
I want to make be more established financially.
I want to continue to improve at dancing.
I want to read more.
Etc. etc. etc.

I wonder if it’s good to apply that quote to all aspects of life. Maybe it is – but only if you can correctly apply the “easily pleased” part.

“…I am well pleased with your offering and acknowledgments, which you have made; for unto this end have I raised you up, that I might show forth my wisdom through the weak things of the earth.” (D&C 124:1)

I know the Lord can be pleased with our work – even from the weakest of us. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize we should be pleased as well.

? How do you balance complacency with ambition?

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