story of needing humility - First off, I pretended like I was a rowing champion on a crew and could row around this whole fake lake in NYC. Secondly, I'm pretty sure some guy had to tell me I was holding the oars the wrong way. It took me a good minute to figure out - and me pretending to know what I was doing, helped absolutely zero. Lesson learned = don't be proud, choose humility :)
I like to do things correctly and am a habitual teacher's pet. I want to be knowledgeable enough to have sounds opinions on most things AKA I like being right :) When I am wrong, or am not the best at something, my knee-jerk reaction is to argue or try and excuse away my mistakes. What I have learned, and what I am trying to be better about is quelling that initial reaction, and instead, humbly accepting correction. This correction can come from friends, family, teacher, coworkers etc. But the most effective comes from God.
Since I want to become the best I can be, and learn as much as possible while here on Earth, I have felt recently that I am the only one who gets in the way of my learning (and honestly, it's all my pride). If I could be more teachable and humble, I would be able to learn more and learn faster and my rate of improvement would increase.
The past few weeks have given me a chance to remember that heavenly virtue of humility. As defined in good 'ol Preach My Gospel, humility "is willingness to submit to the will of the Lord and to give the Lord the honor for what is accomplished. I includes gratitude for His blessings and acknowledgement of your constant need for His divine help. Humility is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of spiritual strength."
Two of the talks given in the most recent General Conference have specifically had me thinking about my need for humility.
Yielding Our Hearts to God by Neill Marriott and
What Lack I Yet? by Larry R Lawrence Great reads and I would recommend them both :)
As state previously, the way we learn fastest is under the tutelage of God. The way He often can communicate with us is through the whispering voice of the Spirit, or how some might identify it as - something similar to your conscience. Both of these wonderful talks highlight the importance of listening to that "still small voice." The Holy Ghost will guide us and give us highly specific counsel to help us individually - and that is a concept that is SO incredible. God cares enough about my progress that He tells me EXACTLY what it is I need to be better. It is then my two-fold responsibility to be humble enough to accept the counsel and then brave enough to act on it.
I hope that we can all do a better job this week of stopping our gut-reactions of pride, and instead choose to humbly become more like Christ. I know it's something that I will be working on for probably always :)
Love you too much!!!!!
I would like to suggest that each of you participate in a spiritual exercise sometime soon, perhaps even tonight while saying your prayers. Humbly ask the Lord the following question: “What is keeping me from progressing?” In other words: “What lack I yet?” Then wait quietly for a response. If you are sincere, the answer will soon become clear. It will be revelation intended just for you.
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