Friday, January 21, 2011

one day at a time

… Just as the yellow and gold and brown strokes of paint complement each other and produce an impressive masterpiece, so our consistency in doing seemingly small things can lead to significant spiritual results. ‘Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great’. - Elder Bednar
Things have been kind of hard lately. What can I say - it's January and it seems like winter will never end in just about every way. Every day just seems gray (and not in the trendy way, gray's popular right now. ha.). Lauren mentioned something funny from this talk and I decided to listen to it while I did other things this morning. It was so good and so exactly what I needed to hear that I listened to it again right after. Here's the talk and some of my favorite parts for anyone out there who could use a pick-me-up as well:



Generally it is good to try to anticipate what is coming and prepare to deal with it. At times, however, this... counsel is wise: “Take it one day at a time. … Don’t look ahead to the pain. Just get through the day.” To worry about what is or may be coming can be debilitating. It can paralyze us and make us quit.

We must be careful, as we seek to become more and more [Christlike], that we do not become discouraged and lose hope. Becoming Christlike is a lifetime pursuit and very often involves growth and change that is slow, almost imperceptible. (Quoting Pres. Benson)

In reality, there aren’t very many things in a day that are totally without significance. Even the mundane and repetitious can be tiny but significant building blocks that in time establish the discipline and character and order needed to realize our plans and dreams.

Now that last one is a quote for motherhood if there ever was one. phew! :)

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