A couple of weeks ago on a Saturday evening I received a text from a member of our Relief Society Presidency. It simply said “ Would you be willing to take a couple of minutes during my lesson tomorrow to share what you do to come unto Christ?” My instant reaction was to text back telling her no, she should find someone more qualified to answer that question. I have this problem though, I can NEVER say no! It's a blessing and a curse all in one. So I found my fingers texting the word “ sure”. I was panicked, what would I say? I was definitely not doing anything special to come unto Christ, in fact if it wasn't for the blessing of a job preparing Youth Sunday School lesson helps my scripture reading and pondering would be almost non existent. Our FHE is hit or miss, and I'm lucky if I make it to the temple once in a 3 month period. The list could go on and on of all the ways I am definitely not coming unto Christ, and so I panicked some more.
This particular Sunday was a fast Sunday and as I sat down with my family I really was feeling quite inadequate and I prayed that I would be able to feel the spirit and come up with something to share in Relief Society. As the conducting member of the Bishopric stood to bear his testimony I was still feeling pretty defeated, and then he said something that really hit home for me. He relayed a personal account of how he finds himself so frustrated and focused on all of the big things he’s not doing related to the Gospel. Then he had an ah ha moment, that is exactly what Satan wants us to do. He wants us to get so focused on the things we aren’t doing, so that we forget to see all of the amazing little things we are doing. His testimony was for me! I may not be able to stand up in relief society and talk about my perfect daily scripture study, my weekly temple attendance, or all of the fresh baked loaves of bread I delivered to the ailing sisters in the ward; but I could talk about how I make sure my little family comes together in prayer each morning or how how I try to smile at those I meet as I’m out and about, or how I try to listen to promptings of the spirit as I go throughout the day. This list of things I’m doing right can be just as long if not longer than the list of things I’m not doing.
Satan is hard at work! He wants us to feel like we aren’t good enough. He wants me to feel like I’m not good enough. He wants me to feel like I’m not doing enough, but if my intentions are to come unto Christ then I am on the right path, and eventually those big things will come. This is true for all of us. So each day I will put one foot in front of the other and try just a little harder to be better than I was the day before. That is all my Savior asks of me, that I strive each day to Come Unto Christ and if I fall short today then tomorrow I will get up and try again.
I love this excerpt from Jeffrey R Holland's talk 'Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders Among You' “Remember, the Lord blesses those who want to improve, who accept the need for commandments and try to keep them, who cherish Christ-like virtues and strive to acquire them.“If you stumble in that pursuit, so does everyone; the Savior is there to help you keep going,” he said. “If you fall, summon His strength. ... Get back up. Then repent and repair and fix whatever you have to fix, and keep going. Soon enough you will have the success you seek.”
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