Hey there! Okay, well, hmmm this week...
Well, yea, I got super, super sick -- like fever, achy body, couldn’t breathe, couldn’t see, migraine... the works. We had to cut 2 days of work short so I could go to bed early and recover. I really needed it. On the bright side, I feel A TON BETTER now, and our house is full of oranges to keep on top of our Vitamin C! :)
THE WEATHER HAS BEEN BEAUTIFUL!! Not too hot and not too cold.... jusssttttt right! :) That’s been such a welcomed treat!
Other than that, there haven’t really been too many big events going on... it’s been a solid week of work and recovery!! Haha.
This week I studied a lot on being meek... I don’t think I had ever taken the time to study this attribute ever before.
Meekness is really quite special... it does not mean weakness. But it does mean behaving with goodness and kindness. :)
According to writings from our General Authorities... "Meekness is the quality of those who are God fearing, righteous, humble, teachable, and patient under suffering... those who possess this attribute are willing to follow Christ and gospel teachings as a true disciple (however and under any condition that Christ sees right for us) and the temperment of meekness is more than self-restraint, it is calm, docile, tolerant, kind and gentle, reflecting strength, serenity and self-control." Meekness is essential because it is crucial for other virtues like faith, hope, and charity.
As we take Christ’s name upon us... we also take upon us the duty of striving to become more like Christ EACH DAY (Matthew 5:48). I really like that part... each day!
We are blessed, because we have all been born with the seed of meekness in our hearts. We need to understand that it is not possible to develop and grow that seed in the twinkling of an eye or in a mere moment. And it would be silly to expect others to change that quickly. We have all been given this time in this life to develop the gentle attributes of Christ :) but, we are human, and all imperfect... And because of this, we should strive to recognize the efforts of everyone :) asi que, and always remember it’s a process and takes time and can only be acquired by experience and effort.
As we acknowledge our shortcomings and strengthen our dedication and perseverance... the Lord will add upon us and give us what we are not able to obtain ourselves due to our imperfections and human weaknesses.
As we learn to control our temper, we will be able to cultivate that seed of meekness and grow in our likeness to Christ. 2 Timothy 2:24-26.
The humble and the meek have the ability to influence those around them to be the same. God’s promise to the humble is that He will lead them by the hand. We will avoid the detours and sadness in our lives as we walk hand in hand with the Savior.
Christ faced the most extreme suffering, giving us the opportunity to change our spiritual character and become meek, even as He is. We are not perfect, we are not saints -- that is, unless by saints you mean sinners who keep on trying (I believe that was Nelson Mandela quoted in Elder Renlund's conference talk). Let’s keep putting our best foot forward and this week look for a moment to serve! :) You guys know how to serve like the best of them!! :) You are all so amazing and so special!! I love you all so much!
Keep on keeping on!