Glimpses of who I want to be
By johnroberts
8/6/2013 12:11:18 AM
Sometimes, usually when I'm listening to a talk or reading the scriptures, I'll have a "flash-forward" and see the kind of person I want to become. I'll be able to kind of "see" the essence of the potential inside of me, and that potential is always great.

That's remarkable to me for several reasons.
1. God doesn't diminish our potential. As someone who's struggled with p/m for years, sometimes I get very frustrated with myself. I feel like I've "blown it" or have invalidated myself from serving God. That's not true. Our potential is always divine and eternal, and though that may disappear from our views at times, God never forgets what we can become.

2. God is quick to forgive. Another problem I struggle with is my inability to forgive myself at times. I feel that because of my history, I'll be forever in penance for my crimes and never be able to move forward. I feel I've invalidated my eligibility for spiritual gifts forever. Again, this isn't true. God is quick to forgive. I know I can always feel the Spirit if I read my scriptures and make an effort to immerse myself in gospel teachings for a significant amount of time. I don't want to diminish the weight of sexual sins, but I'm always amazed how quickly God allows me to feel His love again even after I've lapsed.

3. God is interested in my success. Why would God allow me to feel His Spirit after I've failed yet again? Because He wants to remind me that He cares. God doesn't stop caring about us after we've sinned, even if our sins have trapped us in a personal prison. He wants us to know how much we can still grow and succeed.

Anyway, just a few thoughts tonight. It's really hard sometimes to remember these things, but they're so true.


I believe...    
"Or rather, I don't believe that we are pronounced "Good" or "Bad" by God because of our thoughts, words, and actions. Instead, I think the scriptures are pretty clear--we DO lose the spirit, and then we lose our confidence before God. We personally judge ourselves to be unworthy, and we keep ourselves away from the living water, the tree of life. We march ourselves into the flame. We condemn ourselves.

God, on the other hand, unselfishly, understandingly, lovingly, forgivingly offers his ONLY perfect Son in exchange for us! We think ourselves worthless, but he is willing to pay the ultimate, infinite price for us. How could we be worthless, if God is willing to pay so much?

The living water is there for us to drink. God is holding it out. He does not forbid us from eating of the tree of life--only the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And even then, he doesn't say, "I will pronounce you bad and unclean and wicked when you eat..." Instead, he simply says what the natural consequence will be, "Your life will be harder, and then you will die."

Our sins don't make us BAD. They simply make us SAD. They make life harder. They make us regret and sorrow and suffer. And then we die. God doesn't want that for us, so he invites us to keep certain commandments, designed to keep us happy--in a garden of Eden. But, of course, we don't listen, and we disobey. So, we lose our paradise.

But we aren't bad. He provides a Savior for us, and we can return to him.

Isn't it wonderful!?

Thanks for sharing, JohnRoberts"
posted at 03:21:58 on August 6, 2013 by beclean

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"I have come to know that thoughts, like water, will stay on course if we make a place for them to go. Otherwise, our thoughts follow the course of least resistance, always seeking the lower levels. Probably the greatest challenge and the most difficult thing you will face in mortal life is to learn to control your thoughts. In the Bible it says, as a man ‘thinketh in his heart, so is he’ (Prov. 23:7). One who can control his thoughts has conquered himself. As you learn to control your thoughts, you can overcome habits, even degrading personal habits. You can gain courage, conquer fear, and have a happy life. "

— Boyd K. Packer

BYU, Speeches of the Year, 26 Sept. 1967