RanchHandThis life is one of trials and tribulations, but of all the
experiences that have plagued human existence, none is more sinister than
doubting one's worth and viability as a son or daughter of God with divine
lineage and potential to become more than we are in this life. Because evil
knows of our inherent worth to God and free will that is granted to us in this
life, it will use everything and anything to convince someone they are not
"valiant" or good enough in God's eyes, therefore failure is always
going to happen.But, have all who feel as you expressed considered
sufficiently enough that God already knows of our weaknesses, failures, and
shortcomings and that is precisely why a Savior was sent to atone for the sins
of the world, that through Him and the faith we exercise to trust and submit our
will to His, we can become whole away from self-doubt and self-persecution? It is not God who gives such heavy burdens unto people, but evil, and
the inability of people to forgive themselves and apply the atonement of Jesus
Christ to give those negative thoughts and emotions to Him.
Don't give in to this modern neurosis of self doubt. Just do the best you
can every day, do something good for someone else, outside yourself, and you
will be surprised at how the valiance points mount up, so to speak. This kind
of preoccupation with self is not much better than preoccupation with money or
things. Just DO IT. Don't let middle managers in church or teachers or
any friends at church ever allow you to develop self-doubts that consume too
much time dealing with and that could be better served just doing something nice
for someone, not a big thing, but a few small things. It is never all about
you. It is always all about others.
I'm not a believer, but I am familiar enough with LDS doctrine to think
that there is very little if any doctrine in this opinion article.
One of the reasons for Utah's excessively high use of anti-depressants is
that no matter how hard you try, in religion, you can never be "valiant
enough". There's always just one more tunnel at the end of the light.
Sad, but true.
No one is ever going to be valiant enough, but there is a perfect soul that
suffered beyond all comprehension to make up the difference.
I am grateful for such positive as this.
Your article reminds me of the hymnal words: "There is sunshine in my soul
today, more glorious and bright . . ." I will be humming the tune and
reflecting on your message. Thank you.