Friday, August 23, 2013

Doctrine and Covenants 64:33

"Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great."
Doctrine and Covenants 64:33

Sometimes we get overwhelmed with what God asks us.  And, truthfully, he does ask a lot.  Perfection... no less.  And that is overwhelming.  But thankfully, he doesn't ask it immediately, all at once, or even all in this lifetime.  Just that we do what we can walking in that direction... continually improving ourselves and developing our relationship with God so that we can get closer to that ideal.  And this is really good advice in that pursuit.  Let's not let it overwhelm us.  God isn't asking for more than we can give.  Only what we can, and to work on that capacity.  Our comparatively small steps in this regard will look large to us when we look back on our lives and how much we've changed, but let's try not to make them seem larger than life when they are still ahead of us. :)  God's requests aren't always fun, true.  They aren't always easy, also true.  But they are always doable in some capacity, and they are always designed to help us learn and become better.
Often, at least for me, my claim of being overwhelmed is also me saying on some level, wow... I don't want to do that, or Ugh, I don't want to think about that problem right now, can't we work on something else? :)  If that is the case, that's okay too.  God understands those thoughts and requests... but instead of just leaving it on the unspoken level, let's actually trust God enough to say it to him outright, and love him enough to listen to his response.  This whole education thing is suppose to be interactive. ;)

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