“To accomplish something you have not accomplished before, you must do something you have not done before.”
I attended a Priesthood Leadership Meeting tonight, and the speaker (a member of the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy) shared this quote, which he attributed to Elder Richard G. Scott, speaking on assignment in another stake. I mention Elder Scott not to lend the quote credence—take it for what it’s worth—but rather to give credit where credit is due. In other words, if you like the quote, the credit all goes to Elder Scott. If not, then it doesn’t matter who said it.
The speaker then went on to explain that we were not called to “continue the status quo.” The Lord wants us to take our stewardships and make something better of them.
I like this quote, because I have been struggling a lot lately. And I tried something I had never tried before (more on that lately). I’m still struggling. In fact, in some ways, it’s been harder than it was before. But I feel like I have also accomplished things that I had not really thought possible. The GID is still in full force, still as distracting and uncomfortable as ever. But because I have made some positive changes, I feel more virtuous and closer to the Spirit.
I’m still not where I want to be. In my mind, the Holy Grail of the Mormon GID experience is to somehow keep your marriage together, be devoted to spouse and children, continue to serve faithfully and attend the temple regularly, and to achieve some kind of equilibrium in your life, where you don’t feel this constant tension, like you’re walking a tightrope over a wide chasm, and you’re afraid you could slip any moment.
I’m still not there. But I realized tonight that if I’m going to get there, it’s probably going to be by trying something I haven’t tried before. (If you know what that is, feel free to leave a comment and let me know. I’m totally open to suggestions.)