{gratitude} improvement

Thursday, November 07, 2013

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One of the things that I love the most about the gospel is the focus on improvement. There is in our nature as sons and daughters of God this divine potential to be incredible. But being incredible doesn't just happen out of the blue. Incredible is built tiny bit by bit, little moment by little moment. I used to think that missing one day of a goal negated all the previous days I had succeeded. But each moment of goodness and triumph stay with is and build upon each other till one day we have a grand creation, a beautiful life built all around us.

I love these words from President Lorenzo Snow:
We grow and increase. We are not aware of it at the moment; but after a year or so we discover that we are, so to speak, away up the hill, nearing the mountain top. We feel that we have faith in the Lord; that His providences are always beneficial; that we are connected with Him; that He is actually our Father, and that He leads us along in life.13
Do not expect to become perfect at once. If you do, you will be disappointed. Be better today than you were yesterday, and be better tomorrow than you are today. The temptations that perhaps partially overcome us today, let them not overcome us so far tomorrow. Thus continue to be a little better day by day; and do not let your life wear away without accomplishing good to others as well as to ourselves.14
Each last day or each last week should be the best that we have ever experienced, that is, we should advance ourselves a little every day, in knowledge and wisdom, and in the ability to accomplish good. As we grow older we should live nearer the Lord each following day.15
We don't have to be perfect, just a little bit better. And that I can do.

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