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Saturday, September 08, 2007

On Relying on the Lord

I am feeling much better these days. Still not 100%, but not dead on my feet anymore!

I have been doing a lot of thinking and praying lately about being humble and obedient. It is a shame that these states of being have gotten such a bad reputation. They conjure up images of being weak doormats, which is far from what they are. Our pride gets in the way and we worry about losing our individual identity, forgetting that we have our agency and also that we are each a unique package of traits and gifts and abilities that will not disappear if we are humble and obedient.

Becoming converted to the gospel and living it all of our lives depends on our humbling ourselves before the Lord and recognizing that His will for us is what is best for us. Our uniqueness means that our service to the Lord will have its own individual stamp and will add something to the building of Zion that no other can add in quite the same way. We do not lose by being humble and obedient--we only gain. We gain faith and strong testimonies and a goodness that comes in no other way. We gain help and comfort and strength and blessings from the Lord. We gain in better relationships and love with other people. We gain knowledge and understanding and wisdom and confidence. We gain a completeness that we can find in no other way.

Becoming humble, obedient, and converted is not something that we come to in an instant. It is an ongoing process of growth and progress. We can help it along with prayer, scripture study, fasting, and service. We help it along, too, in fellowship with others and in developing such virtues as patience, integrity, charity, and so forth. We can allow the Lord to lead us and guide us without holding back parts of ourselves. We can recognize His omnipotence and omniscience and can trust Him completely.

Everyone has issues that they struggle with. That is a part of the testing, trying, and proving of mortal life. Becoming humble, obedient, and trusting the Lord can lead us to the answers we need. Sometimes those answers are slow in coming, but the Lord knows what He is doing. Sometimes we will have to wait until the next life to understand some things because of the mortal limitations we are living under now. This does not mean that there are no answers, just that we have to wait for them.

By putting the Lord first in our lives and relying on Him, we can live up to our potential and be the people that the Lord means for us to be. He does not hold us back--He urges us onward and upward. Not just for this mortal life, but for all eternity.

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Blogger General Wolfe said...

My wife has gone through a real transformation by putting her trust in the Lord. I admire her faith and find strength from her example.
Thanks for your words.

1:44 AM  
Blogger Mary A said...

Thank you, General Wolfe. Good for your wife! It's a great thing to learn to trust the Lord.

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Barb said...

I like how you show that we can be obedient and still have our uniqueness. I think that the President of the Missonary Training Center in Provo, Utah said that some missionaries worried about becoming too religious in being missionaries. He said that being more Christ-like could only be a good thing. I served with good companions who varied in obedience levels. They were all unique though and had their own ways of serving the Lord and doing good.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Mary A said...

Thanks, barb! I know that I've heard a few people express concern about losing their individuality and, while I can understand, I think that the Lord gave us our unique variety of talents and abilities for a purpose and doesn't intend for us to lose those. Look at how different the Twelve Apostles and the First Presidency are from one another, yet they all serve the Lord. And their varying personalities can reach different people and make a difference.

I like what the President of the MTC said about being more Christ-like could only be a good thing.

4:49 PM  

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