Desires to change
Have you ever really wanted something? Have you ever wanted to accomplish or achieve a certain goal or task? How far do you get? Do you tell mentally tell yourself that you are going to do something different with your life to become better? Do you ever not get to the point of actually doing that thing you told yourself you were going to do?
A Wake-up Call
I believe that it is time for us each to wake up. It is time for us to get up from the dust and away from the television, and actually start doing those things that we mentally tell ourselves we are going to do. We do not get places by just sitting and waiting. We can do things now to become better, to improve ourselves in the ways that we want to improve ourselves.
I am not trying to be harsh, I just think it is very important for us to realize that we get much further in life as we work towards our goals with diligence. Nephi said this to himself in the Book of Mormon as he was taking inventory of his life. Perhaps we too, should be telling ourselves the same thing. The verses are found in 2 Nephi 4:28-29:
“Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul. Do not anger again because of mine enemies. Do not slacken my strength because of mine afflictions.”
How to keep our strength strong
I realize that it is not an easy thing to not ‘slacken’ our strength while we are going through many afflictions. I know that when we keep our strength as strong as before when we are going through hard times, it is what helps us through. We can get through the depression and through the unemployment and through the heartbreak as we keep our faith strong and as we rely on our Savior.
In order to keep our strength present in our lives we must be diligent in doing the small things. We must realize our potential by taking opportunities that come our way. We are able to take opportunities that come our way when we are prepared for them. We become prepared as we live our lives with exact obedience and diligence in working towards our goals.
When we tell ourselves to change
Let us be the ones to take the first step to change as we tell ourselves to. The first step is indeed the desire to change, but we don’t get anywhere if we do not do anything about that desire. If we do not do anything, the desire becomes a lost hope. How many lost hopes have you allowed into your life? How many desires are you still allowing to become lost hopes?
We must remember to do those things that we tell ourselves to do, even if it means putting post-it notes all over our house (this is how I often remind myself to do something). I love how Dieter F. Uchtdorf describes it in his article, “Your Potential, Your Privilege.” He says:
“Too often we attend meetings and nod our heads; we might even smile knowingly and agree. We jot down some action points, and we may say to ourselves, “That is something I will do.” But somewhere between the hearing, the writing of a reminder on our smartphone, and the actual doing, our “do it” switch gets rotated to the “later” position. Brethren, let’s make sure to set our “do it” switch always to the “now” position!”
Sometimes we may say that it is not possible to change all of the things that we wrote down or mentally told ourselves to do. Instead of becoming overwhelmed, let us pick the one thing that we believe is the thing we need to improve upon at this time in our lives. I understand that doing a little bit at a time is more effective to many people than biting off more than you can chew all at once.
We have help. We don’t need to do it all on our own.
We have help in trying to become better individuals. This help is found in the Savior, Jesus Christ, and our Heavenly Father. Dieter F. Uchtdorf also says later in the article:
“As you read the scriptures and listen to the words of the prophets with all your heart and mind, the Lord will tell you how to live up to your privileges.”
As we do our part, the Lord is more than happy to help us realize our potential. Please don’t get down on yourself and beat yourself up for all of the things that you have not done. Think of the things that you have done. Even if they are small, they are accomplishments. Christ will help you to do more as you continue to work hard and do the best you can. Do not worry if your best does not measure up to someone else’s best.
Heavenly Father knows you. He knows how much you can do. He knows your limitations; He also knows your potential. Please get off the couch and try to do something more. Try to act instead of allowing yourself to be acted upon. God loves you. Please let Him help you and follow His guidance.