As is our nature as humans, we like things to be finite. We want to know the end from the beginning. I think that when we begin tasks, when we try to accomplish most goals, we set a timeline for accomplishing it. In fact, we are told that a metric for goal setting is making sure that it is time bound. Which I do think is important, to an extent. Much of what we would designate as "failure" is when we have not achieved our goal by a CERTAIN TIME. This line of thinking can be detrimental in our lives. We may not accomplish all that we would like to by a given time, but that does not mean we are incapable of still trying. To me, this would completely invalidate the fact that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is infinite. There is NO timeline we must abide by to activate the Atonement in our lives. We have the blessing and privilege of using it as many times as we can come before the Lord in sincerity and humility and ask for His help and forgiveness. The Atonement is the only catalyst for true and lasting change in all of our lives, which if we are placing ourselves in positions to fail, we are WANTING to change. The Atonement will take who we are and enable us to change for the better.
Christ did not say, "if ye are not perfect by a certain time, well, sorry." We are not limited in the progress we can make. As we exist, we will continue to learn and grow and become more like Christ and in turn more like Heavenly Father. That kind of change can't happen over night. And that kind of change won't happen the first time we try. It is repeated effort. And it is failing. A lot of failing.
One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final.
The Lord is intent on your personal growth and development. Your progress is accelerated when you willingly allow Him to lead you through every growth experience you encounter, whether you welcome the experience or not. Trust in the Lord. Ask to be led by the Spirit to know His will. Be willing to accept it. You will then qualify for the greatest happiness and the heights of attainment from this mortal experience.
Based on what I have been learning, I am going to make an active effort to NOT fear failure. I am going to embrace those feelings of disappointment associated with not doing everything perfectly all the time :) , and then turn to my Savior even more diligently for the help that I so clearly need. I hope that we can all KEEP MOVING FORWARD! And not allow our failures to dictate our lives. Here is a talk that I love and a YouTube video in case my message wasn't clear enough :)
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