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Good News! People Can Change

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Blogs are like flowers near an elementary school playground...either the flowers are appreciated for the tiny beauty they add to the child's day OR they're trampled into little bits by an out-of-bounds soccer ball!

That's a little dramatic, but for real, it is scary to put myself and my family out there. Especially when it comes to spiritual and religious topics.

And especially when I'm constantly having to repent of the very insights I've shared.

Meh.


If I share what I believe, but don't always live what I believe, maybe it's not okay for me to share in the first place?

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Notice the word 'always'.  The idea that you have to be perfect 'always' or you're a failure leads to discouragement (and that's not from God). It's not realistic for us to 'always' do exactly the right thing.  We're fallen human beings.  

That said, we do have the capacity and the responsibility to change, to keep improving through the enabling power of the Savior's atonement. We need a power greater than ourselves to help us become who we want to be and who God needs us to be.  

If I want to seek that power, I need to be willing to continually ask for forgiveness before the Lord and sincerely strive to do better.

"Repentance means striving to change. It would mock the Savior’s suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross for us to expect that He should transform us into angelic beings with no real effort on our part. Rather, we seek His grace to complement and reward our most diligent efforts (see 2 Nephi 25:23).
Perhaps as much as praying for mercy, we should pray for time and opportunity to work and strive and overcome. Surely the Lord smiles upon one who desires to come to judgment worthily, who resolutely labors day by day to replace weakness with strength. Real repentance, real change may require repeated attempts, but there is something refining and holy in such striving.
Divine forgiveness and healing flow quite naturally to such a soul, for indeed “virtue loveth virtue; light cleaveth unto light; [and] mercy hath compassion on mercy and claimeth her own” (D&C 88:40)." Elder D. Todd Christofferson

So I keep trying and trying, and I keep sharing what I feel and what I've learned.  I do that because all of us feel our imperfections yet want to change, and we can be unified in that desire.

This blog is my way of sharing that, despite built-in imperfections, minor mistakes and major mess-ups, I've felt that I'm still dear to the Savior and, that as I follow Him, I do feel his forgiveness and peace.  What He teaches really is good news.


7 comments:

  1. I love this. Because, my blog has been extremely scrutinized as of late by members of my family, and judgements have been made about me, my character, and my SOUL because of what I've written. It's heartbreaking. Yet, I still feel compelled. Because it is me. It is beautiful in it's imperfection

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  2. Well said. So proud of you for your constant effort. We're all just doing the best we can! xo

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  3. This post is amazing, your blog is amazing, and you are amazing! Keep the great posts coming. Love you!

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  4. You have always been an amazingly talented writer. Thanks for sharing. It is inspiring.

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  5. I'm so glad you're with me on this, Tara! Thanks so much telling me all those nice things. Means a lot to me!

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  6. Your post is inspiring; you are inspiring!

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  7. Thank you very much, Jeri!

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