"Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God."
This is a scripture about the last days, so probably something that we can still look forward to. And I think about this, and how awesome it would be to to be the perfect people that are described here. I love the idea, but sometimes it seems so far away. It's hard to be as clean as I would like to be, or to have my heart without any amount of stone in it. I think maybe a lot of us are dirty or desensitized in different ways. And I know that God would never touch our free agency... which is awesome... but it seems like here, for people who want it, there is hope for that kind of perfection. :) I love that last verse, "and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God." ... It is what we should always be, and what he always is, but just saying it like this brings the idea to us... everyone, as a people, being God's, and him being ours... that's Zion, right? What else are we looking for besides that? We come with everything that we can, but we always, always fall short... and in the end, God is the one that will cleanse us and perfect us, and make us into the people that we need to be, and he will be with us.
Today, instead of being discouraged or overwhelmed, let's trust that God will make up for the gap between who we are working to be and the ideal. In the end, if we are on the path, he will lead us the rest of the way to Zion. :)