I hope you can all feel the strength in these words by Dieter F. Uchtdorf:
“On your journey back to Heavenly Father you will soon realize that this journey isn’t just about focusing on your own life. No, this path inevitably leads you to become a blessing in the lives of God’s other children—your brothers and sisters. And the interesting thing about the journey is that as you serve God, and as you care for and help your fellowmen, you will see great progress in your own life, in ways you could never imagine.
Perhaps you don’t consider yourself all that useful; perhaps you don’t consider yourself a blessing in somebody’s life. Often, when we look at ourselves, we see only our limitations and deficiencies. We might think we have to be “more” of something for God to use us—more intelligent, more wealthy, more charismatic, more talented, more spiritual. Blessings will come not so much because of your abilities but because of your choices. And the God of the universe will work within and through you, magnifying your humble efforts for His purposes.”
I just love this quote! It gives me strength to try.
Sometimes I feel like I have multiple personalities! There are always these voices battling it out-:
-you’re a bad mom, would you look at this house-it’s a wreck! Good moms don’t let their houses get out of control. Why can’t you control your temper? How could you forget to help your child with their homework AGAIN?
-Hey, your dinner is amazing; Look at this clean kitchen floor, aren’t you glad you took the time to mop today! And that hug from your child! Wow! Look at how much he loves you!
-HURRY, HURRY, HURRY, HURRY! You’re late like always! Can’t you get it together?
-Nothing matters except SLEEP.
You get the message. My brain never stops! And I don’t think I’m the only one who struggles with these voices pulling different directions. One trying to get me to feel like I’m worthless, the other trying to get me to see that I can do great things.
So how do we silence the negative? For me, it’s prayer. Pray louder than those voices. Pray constantly. There’s a scripture in Mosiah(Book of Mormon) 26:39 “…being commanded of God to pray without ceasing, and to give thanks in all things.”
So, there we have it. Pray constantly, and remember to thank God for all the blessings we have. Who knew that could be so hard? But our voices can raise up to God and plead for strength as often as we need too. And then when that strength comes, to acknowledge the Giver of the gift.
When we cut out the negative voices, we leave room for the inspiration from God to help us know how we can bless the lives of others. And I have found that when I’m so incredibly sad or lonely or stressed- the best way to feel happier sooner is to look outside of myself for ways to make someone else happy.
We can look to our immediate family, the clerk at the store, the guy at the Costco gas pump(seriously, I said ‘thank you’ the other day, and he looked SO surprised. I totally shocked him! It was awesome!), to our neighbors, or children’s teachers. Start simple. And then wait for those simple CHOICES to make you feel like you are living a BLESSED life.
I hope that this week we can all look for ways to reach out and help those around us. Even if it is just one extra kind word-one more kind act than you do anyway. Or maybe it’s to actually give yourself CREDIT for being kind and loving. Too often we don’t allow ourselves to feel like we are good. You are GOOD. You are KIND. You can SHARE the GOOD.
Life is Good. Share the Good.
PS Shout out to my husband who nearly every night lately starts the dishwasher before bed because my brain is only listening to the SLEEP voice(teething baby=little sleep). He’s the BEST!