Sunday, August 31, 2008

I'm Not Much of a Fighter...

I'm not much of a fighter, but perhaps I should be. Let me explain. I'm not talking about mean angry fighting, but rather the actions taken to facilitate the realization of a possibility. Sometimes I give up too quickly, maybe it's just in my submissive, "take life as it comes" nature, or the possibility of looking like a fool, but really when you believe and have hope in something even if it's only a possibility shouldn't you fight for it? Take the Olympics for example, so many stories of beating insurmountable odds to accomplish something often times unimaginable to us "regular" folk, it's inspiring. I'm sure my "possibilities" will never be as visible to the world as an Olympic athlete's, but to me they are monumental. It all goes back to the basic principle of acting and not being acted upon, when you have Faith in the Savior knowing that he has a broader perspective you are motivated to do right and are naturally prompted to act. Elder Bednar was big on this principle while I was at BYU-I and as you probably have noticed it is still an overarching theme in his teachings today. In his last conference talk he said this: "Understanding that faith is a principle of action and of power inspires us to exercise our moral agency in compliance with gospel truth, invites the redeeming and strengthening powers of the Savior's Atonement into our lives, and enlarges the power within us whereby we are agents unto ourselves." Awesome thoughts huh. Just in light of a few experiences as of late I have though a lot about opportunities passing me by just because my fear may have led me to just stay silent, or give in and "take life as it comes", but I'm slowly realizing that I have control over those less than progressive thoughts. So here's to an action packed future! That's all, those are just a few thoughts i've had this fine rainy Sunday evening.

2 comments:

natalie horrocks said...

agreed! I know exactly what you are talking about and I do think that action is necessary... when you want something bad enough, it's worth the trouble, even if it doesn't turn out how you were expecting. Thanks for the insight cuzaroo!

JaNae said...

Wendy the wise...can you tell me more wise things? Thanks, just some of the stuff I needed to hear, but then I always need to hear good wise things. So keep them coming:)