A couple of weeks ago, 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 the other principles I have covered here. 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.”
I think this principle is rather timely for me at the moment. This applies to goals that are spiritual in nature and goals that are not perhaps so spiritual, but are worthy goals all the same. It really depends on your perspective and what is possible and you are limited only by your mind and desire to get there. I think that when things are hard and it looks like you just can’t attain a goal that seems impossible, that this is where we have to put our faith in God and ask Him to help us. Which goes right back to Principle #1, where we talked about asking God and inviting Him to help us and guide us.
One of the things I’ve had a hard time remembering is that things are always done in the Lord’s time. Sometimes our timetables do not match up with His. Sometimes His timetable may be longer than we want or desire. We have lessons to learn along the way, and often one of those lessons involves patience. I’m not good at being patient. That is probably why He finds ways to teach me that lesson again and again. I’m a stubborn and willful child. But one of the things that helps me to remember that I can reach my goals and potential is a quote I have loved for about 33 years now. It has helped me to regain focus and realize that it is OK to take a bit longer to reach my goal as long as I am going forward and not backward. These words are ones that bring comfort to my soul when things seem hard:
“Eternal things are always done in the process of time. Direction is initially more important than speed.” ~Neal A Maxwell
Our Heavenly Father wants us to be happy. He wants us to make goals for ourselves and work toward achieving them. He wants us to reach our full potential. The neat thing is that He knows our full potential. And to get there might be hard. It might be really hard. But if we ask Him to bless us and help us to reach that potential, He will willingly and happily guide and direct us and support us in our journey. We just really need to humble ourselves and ask.