My youngest brother is currently serving a church mission in South Korea. I wish you could all know him. He's such a crazy little guy- definitely the life of the party :) It has been wonderful to see him grow and mature while he has been serving the Lord. One thing that he has expressed again and again to me is that he never could have anticipated how difficult being a missionary would be. And that he sometimes just doesn't know if he can do it! (But anyone that knows Buddy knows he is one of the hardest working, most dedicated people, and that he will be just fine :) )
I know that feelings like this are common in all of our lives. How many times have you been in a situation where you think to yourself, "I just can't do this. There is nothing left. I have nothing more to give." Good news is, if you have felt like that, you are in good company.
Matthew 26:39 is a scripture that is Christ speaking to Heavenly Father in prayer right before He is about to perform the Atonement. It reads, "And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."
As I read this scripture I think about how Christ is perfect. And yet even in the scriptures it indicates that He knew experiencing and completing the Atonement was going to be difficult. And perhaps if He could have gotten away with not having to do it, He would have. But what was even more important to Him than how he felt, was doing the will of Heavenly Father.
Studying this scripture has given me a renewed resolve to adopt this attitude in my own life. It is the way we can and should strive to be. That being said, I do think it is ok if going into certain experiences in your life, you recognize they are difficult and a lot is going to be required of you and you may not even want to do them. But! What made all the difference for the Savior can make all the difference for you (and of course for me, too) and that is our attitude. And our willingness to do the Lord's will, even when it's hard.
I know that when we put the will of God first in our lives, those things that we would never be able to accomplish on our own are supplemented with the power of the Atonement and we will "renew (our) strength; (we) shall mount up with wings as eagles; (we) shall run, and not be weary; (we) shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
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