It's Thursday, which means I missed my assigned day to post on this blog. I imagine many of you are like me and find yourself missing deadlines or falling short on a number of duties and tasks because there is so much to be done. It's 7:10 a.m. here on the East Coast and in less than 20 minutes I need to leave for work. I've been up since 5 a.m. trying to get done a number of "good" things before I head out the door. Will I accomplish everything I wanted to this morning? The answer is no.
The reason I put the word "good" in quotes is because everything on my list is truly a good thing. All of the items on my to-do list this morning were either focused on personal communion with God or serving another person or a group of people.
This morning as I was reading in the scriptures, I came across this gem: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, even as you desire of me so it shall be unto you; and if you desire, you shall be the means of doing much good in this generation." (Doctrine and Covenants 6:8)
As I continued to read and study, I began thinking about how sometimes all the "good" there is to do overwhelms me. And then I kept reading and came across another gem: "Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they can not prevail." (Doctrine and Covenants 6:34)
In reading this morning, I realized that often I am overwhelmed by all the "good" there is to do because I rely on my own strength and forget that Christ can and will help me (and you) accomplish the "good" we desire. He is there for us, and when we are built upon His rock, we will prevail.
I also realized that perhaps my stress comes from the fact I measure my "good" not by God's standards but by the standards or men. For example, writing this blog was in some ways causing me stress because I wanted it to be perfect. However, God doesn't mind if there are typos, if I write in passive tense (which I do wayyyy too much), or if the blog only makes sense to me. What He appreciates is the fact I am taking the time to stop, reflect on the power of faith, and share my faith with others.
I think all to often we become stressed by the "good" there is to be done because we are measuring our "good" by the eyes of men. I have more to say on this subject, but it's now 7:25 a.m. and I have to head to work. My prayer is that God will help you and I accomplish our "good" things and see the "good" we do through His eyes.
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