Last week I started a personal challenge to share one of the 21 principles as covered in the book by Richard G. Scott. This book has really touched my heart and I have felt impressed to share it with you and my own feelings about each of the principles. You can read about Principle 1 in my post from last week. If you would like your own copy of this book, you can purchase it here. This is NOT an affiliate link, even though I do have an affiliate account with Amazon. I have chosen NOT to use an affiliate link as I don’t feel right about it in this circumstance.
“As you seek spiritual knowledge, search for principles,” counsels Elder Richard G. Scott. “Principles are concentrated truth, packaged for application to a wide variety of circumstances.”
“A true principle makes decisions clear even under the most confusing and challenging circumstances.”
This principle reminds me that with God, nothing is impossible. Sometimes He may ask us to do hard things. But if we have faith, we will be able to accomplish what he has for us if we are diligent and keep trying. It won’t be easy. But this again reminds me of the first principle that we discussed last week. We have to ask God for His help. He wants us to ask. Perhaps the asking is our test. Once we practice our faith and ask our Heavenly Father for His help, he will bless us with it and then what seemed impossible now becomes possible.
This principle also reminds me that everything is always done in the Lord’s time. The word patience sticks out to me here. Sometimes we try to weary the Lord with our requests for things to be done right now. We are so focused on the here and now, that we cannot see the big picture. That’s where God comes in. He can see everything. He has a different perspective. When I catch myself becoming impatient with the Lord’s timetable, I like to ask Him to help me to see things the way He sees them. It is amazing how my attitude changes when I remember to do this. I may not be able to see everything and comprehend the timetable. But I do become more patient with the process when I ask to see clearly.
The other word that really stands out to me in this principle, is the word obedience. If we do our very best to be obedient to the Lord’s will, He will bless us. A few years ago, my husband felt prompted that it was time to change his employment. We live in a small town, and honestly, there were no jobs available that he would be able to do and be able to support our family. We didn’t know what to do. There was no clear path before us. But we knew we needed to be obedient. A retail store was being built here and even though it was not in his field of work, he did have the retail management experience needed to be able to run this store. This would most likely be a pay cut, and he probably would not be happy in his work. But that was the absolute only possibility that we could see. So he filled out the online application. Within about two days, a job with our town opened up. Would you believe that it actually needed someone to work in an area of his degree that he had not been able to use before? He applied and got that job. The funny thing is that the first place never even contacted him. They hired someone with much less experience and we have watched some things happen in that store that has confirmed that the Lord blessed us for being obedient to His will. The initial prompting looked impossible. Accepting the actual job he now has looked impossible as well as it was a severe pay cut. He makes less than half of what he did before. But he is happy. My son and I have enjoyed having him home every night. And God is blessing us so that we are seeming to make the ends meet somehow. Again, we are being blessed for being obedient. And for that I am truly blessed and grateful.