Wed - Apr 30, 2008 : 04:50 pm
Gen. Conf. - Cncrn for One - Wirthlin
"Some are lost because they are different. They feel as though they don’t belong. Perhaps because they are different, they find themselves slipping away from the flock. They may look, act, think, and speak differently than those around them and that sometimes causes them to assume they don’t fit in. They conclude that they are not needed.
Tied to this misconception is the erroneous belief that all members of the Church should look, talk, and be alike. The Lord did not people the earth with a vibrant orchestra of personalities only to value the piccolos of the world. Every instrument is precious and adds to the complex beauty of the symphony. All of Heavenly Father’s children are different in some degree, yet each has his own beautiful sound that adds depth and richness to the whole."
I am so glad Elder Wirthlin said those words. Too often, we judge others based on what we think they should be, instead of the good they already possess.
"The prophet Isaiah proclaimed that the Lord 'giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.'"
While talking about people who have strayed from the path because they are tired, Elder Wirthlin spoke those words above....
I personally have felt the renewing, reinvigorating power the Spirit has on he who is honestly striving to do the work of God. It is truly amazing at one point, to think you don't have the strength to go on, when in a bout of faith you try, and find yourself having more energy, clarity of mind, and vigor than you thought possible.
The Lord truly helps those who strive to do his work.
"Except for the Lord, we have all made mistakes. The question is not whether we will trip and fall but, rather, how will we respond?"
How true is that statement!? I love it. I honestly wonder why we humans are programmed to feel poorly upon trying something new and failing? Everyone fails at something, sometime in their lives... There really isn't any reason to feel poorly because of failure. Failure is only the next step toward success.
Falling into sin could be categorized in the exact same way. We try, and fail, and then we continue trying and perfecting and striving to become like God, knowing that Christ's grace will ultimately fill in the gaps of our imperfection, as long as we continue striving the best we can.
I love the Gospel.