"But he that lacketh these things in blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins."
2 Peter 1:9
So, this is a really interesting scripture. The part I find the most interesting today is the forgetting part. I think that we get down on ourselves sometimes because we look back on everything we've ever done wrong... and the older we get, the longer the list is. And once we have that list in front of us, it starts looking like we're not that great of people... in fact, reading the list, we might not even want to be friends with ourselves. Our standards are higher than that. :) The thing is, though, that we *have* been purged from our old sins. We've gone through the repentance process, we've renewed our covenants each week taking the sacrament. The old stuff is gone. If we have any new or unresolved stuff, okay... but let's throw that old list of everything we've ever done wrong away. God isn't judging us that way, and that isn't the way we should judge ourselves. Instead, let's focus on the things that we might be lacking (from previous verses): faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, charity.
It's possible... there is hope. Today is a new day, and even yesterday's list doesn't have to change who we are right now. If you were completely clean and a new person, what would you do today? ... Because guess what? We *are* new, and we get to choose who to be today all over again, no matter who we have been in the past. So people have expectations... by making new choices, we'll convince them to change those. Today, let's be great. :)