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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Just Be a Little Better Than You Were Yesterday

One of the things that President Hinckley would sometimes talk about was being just a littler better each day. He would encourage us to stand a little taller, be a little kinder, and so forth. That approach appeals to me a great deal, as I tend to overwhelm myself with overly ambitious plans.

It isn't that we should not have plans and goals, but rather that we should find an opportunity each day to be a little better in order to strengthen ourselves and build up our stamina in every area. Can we be a little more patient and understanding? Can we be a little more persistent and diligent? Can we be a littler kinder and more considerate? Can we work just a little harder and complete one more small item on our to-do list? Can we spend a little more time with a loved one, listening and comforting and encouraging? Can we perform one more small act of service? Can we make our prayers and scripture study a little more meaningful?

There are so many things that we could do just a little better each day and, in the process, improve not only our own lives, but the lives of those around us. To me, this view of improvement breaks things down into bite-sized pieces that are more easily managed than the sometimes grandiose schemes we formulate in our minds. God is long-suffering and patient with us. We should be the same with ourselves.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

With that approach you will have successes and with successes you will continue to work and grow. You're right about overly ambitious plans and goals, they often leave us feeling as though we have failed. Another example of that soundest of advice - "Follow the prophet."


5:25 PM  
Blogger Mary A said...

JR, I agree it's a sound approach. And I agree that following the prophet is very sound advice--they understand what's what and the Lord guides them as they speak to us.

4:46 PM  
Blogger T. F. Stern said...

Next time I'll make sure to wipe the finger prints off the gun before leaving the bank. That should make my parole officer happy. lol

Sorry, my retired cop humor comes out at times.

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least you'd be improving.


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