Thursday, October 3, 2013

Mosiah 4:27 -- On Gospel Pacing

"And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength.  And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order."
 Mosiah 4:27

Sometimes life seems really, really overwhelming.  We think of ourselves as just one in a huge sea of billions of people, and we wonder... how can God even notice us, or know who we are as individuals?  We think of all that we feel that we need to do ... gospel-centered or otherwise... and it seems like too much.  We get stressed out, we let things slide, and we want to give up completely.  And so today, when I read "it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength," that is what it made me think of.  I feel thankful that God doesn't expect more from me than I can give. :)
Of course, as we continue to read, that doesn't mean that I shouldn't try, or that we don't need to be diligent. :)  God, in his wisdom, tells us that it is okay to do it little by little, but at the same time remembers our tendency to give up, and reminds us that we have keep trying.  Progress, even if it is slow, is still progress.  We don't have to master it all at once, but we also can't just stop, if we want to get "the prize" of eternal life. :)
Today, let's dial down the stress level.  Let's think about priorities and next steps, and what we think we can do.  And let's talk to God about it, who might also have some suggestions. :)   And, if we've given up in the past, let's re-engage.  Even if it is at a much lower level... let's get our lives in the correct order, and move towards heaven. 

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