Iâ??m marking my 47th birthday today. I would say â??celebratingâ? except that Iâ??m not sure that would be an honest characterization of my feelings as I ponder my life, its direction, and what Iâ??ve been able to accomplish â?? or failed to accomplish â?? in the almost half-century of my mortal sojourn.
Indeed, as I indulge in a bit of self-reflection this day, Iâ??ve been wondering if, were I called to account for my life at this juncture, the Master would be inclined to say, â??Well done, thou good and faithful servant â?¦ .â?
I suspect that many of us feel there is a large gulf between what we know and what we do. The purpose of this thread is to obtain your opinions, or even your counsel, on how to close that gap between our knowledge and our actions. Assuming that many of you have learned how to improve upon your talents -- to increase your two to four, or your five to ten â?? what is your secret? How have you avoided falling into the category of the unprofitable servant?
Many years ago, as a young 25-year-old father of a new baby girl (who just got married last month) I wrote a song that touches upon this subject matter. Iâ??ve been singing it today as I ponder these things. Here are its lyrics:
So, my good MADB friends, how do you avoid getting caught so far between.? How do you go about improving upon your talents, in the hope that one day the Master will say:
Well, I derived quite a bit of comfort from your post - realizing that the same questions I now have at 37, other people, at least one other person on this planet, is having at 47.
One book that I might commend to your reading is:http://www.amazon.co...n...8232&sr=8-1
I feel this book will help with the "what is your secret?" part. What I mean is -- the author is a lay member of the Church, just like you or me, and in this book he reveals his "secret". As it turns-out...there is no secret....just a willingness to rededicate yourself to the things you already know to be true.
The "there has to be more" feeling that we feel in our gut -- but find ourselves unable to articulate to others -- is what it means to receive the "fullness" of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What we really want, deep in our gut, is to be reunited with Him while still mortal. This is what it means to receive the Second Comforter. To see Him, in person, while we yet remain very much in this world -- mortal and fallen such as we are. This promise is to all the Saints....all the faithful....it is our inheritance. It is what the Temple is TRYING (and perhaps failing miserably) to show us. We converse with the Lord through the Veil -- THEN -- what happens? We enter His Presence! What most people don't realize is that this promise does not refer to some future day of judgement....but can happen TODAY -- NOW -- if we will do what is needed to prepare ourselves. The book I gave you the link to describes the what. The rest is up to us.
1 Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul
who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face
and know that I am;
every soul ... shall see my face .... and know
that I am.
You've believed in the Lord probably for quite some time now. Long enough. Why not have that faith converted into a sure knowledge. I invite you to claim the blessing being offered you by the Savior Himself!! That is what I seek to do. All my thought is bent upon it.
One tool that I use that helps me is to "counsel with the Lord in writing"
What I do is write in my journal -- and I direct my writing TO the Savior, directly. Then, I write down what I feel His response is. His response comes to me in my mind. It is a feeling more than words. What I attempt to do is write down in words what I am feeling from Him -- His response to my inquiry.
This is an astounding exercise....one that I try to do each day.
I hope this gives you enough to "chew on" good brother.
Good luck with your journey!