Scripture Sunday #20 – How We See Ourselves

Feb 28, 10 • Scripture SundayComments Off on Scripture Sunday #20 – How We See Ourselves

Most of the women I know lead very busy lives.  Those that don't are usually challenged in physical ways, which doesn't mean that they aren't busy, but perhaps just less active.  As women, I think we tend to compare ourselves, often in a critical way to other women that we associate with.  "If only I would exercise more, I would be more slim, like So-and-So", or "If I made more money I could afford to dress more stylishly, like Sister Perfect", or "If my house was bigger, better furnished or cleaner, then I wouldn't be embarrassed to have Mrs. What's-Her-Name over for lunch".  We often make the excuse that there are only so many hours in the day and we only have two hands and there is only so much we can do…which is all true.  Our Heavenly Father gave us 24 hours in a day, which a sizable portion is dedicated, or should be, to sleep; and part of the plan includes only one pair of hands (if we are fortunate to have them) for which we are charged to accomplish many things. 

We also know that each of us has unique talents that our Heavenly Father has given us.  I also firmly believe that when it comes to our individual judgment day, So-and-So, Sister Perfect and Mrs. What's-Her-Name will not be standing there with Heavenly Father comparing us to what they have or have not accomplished in their lives.  We will be judged by our lives alone…whether we made good use of the time given, if we helped others along the way, and that there were those whose lives were better for having known us.  There will be millions that accomplished more than I and millions that didn't, and you know what?  That doesn't matter.  It is what I do that counts. 

I am afraid that there will be missed blessings on my part, not because I don't do things, but because sometimes I do a bit of complaining about it.  I try not to.  This is where logic sometimes get in the way of my heart.  I have to remember to listen to the Spirit for guidance and trust my heart. 

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin said, "We see ourselves in terms of yesterday and today.  Our Heavenly Father sees us in terms of forever.  Although we might settle for less, Heavenly Father won't for He sees us as the glorious beings we are capable of becoming.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of transformation.  It takes us as men and women of the earth and refines us into men and women for the eternities."

I have the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life and as I partake of it and learn to let go of the unimportant and embrace the eternal, my life will be better.  Hopefully, so will the lives of those I come in contact with, which will, in turn, bless my life.  It is a kind and generous circle that we can all become partakers of! 

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