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?

pay it forward.

25 06 2010

I have been going to the driving range over the past few weeks and seen only slight improvements in my swing… until today.

Typically I show up with Kory and we just hit a couple buckets of balls and hope for the best. Since Kory busted his ankle I’ve been showing up alone. I plug my iPod in and just start hitting.

Today I did the usual – but after my second or third shot I got a tap on the shoulder from an older gentleman.
He was not there to tell me how impressed he was with my swing.

For the next hour and a half he proceeded to basically give me a free golf lesson.

He corrected things, we talked about his golfing experience (which involves more years than I’ve been alive).

It was a great experience.

What prompts a stranger to stop his own practice and come help out an obviously struggling beginner.

There are several things;

Kindness (it’s just in your nature to do nice things)
Desire to share (you’ve learned a lot over the years and feel a sense of duty to help others)
Hope to ignite a flame (you want to help light the fire of passion for the subject in someone that you have)
Pay it forward (you remember when someone took time out for you in the beginning and now you want to do the same for someone else)

“And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” (2 Peter 1:7)

ALL are great reasons. You might experience one or all of them.

I’ve done it with breakdancing.

Thousands of young men do it with missionary work.
You have been blessed with the Gospel, something you cherish dearly and you want to light the flame in someone else and give them the opportunity to see how great their life can be with it.

Think about what you have to pay forward.

The gospel, a talent or a passion for something. Whatever the case may be, you can have a direct influence on the life of another.

Thank you old man at the driving range for making my golf swing a little better and reminding me that the knowledge, experience and passions we have are not meant to be kept to ourselves.

? What have you paid forward lately?

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