Making Today Amazing: Balanced Challenge Day 8

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADay 8 of Tricia Goyer’s Balanced challenge asks us to make today amazing by practising small acts of gratitude such as prayer and scripture study, telling family members we love them and giving old stuff to charity.

Thinking about making today amazing reminds me of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s awesome talk Forget Me Not.  I’m making today amazing by reflecting and following his 5 points…and since I find quotes uplifting, invigorating and motivating this post is going to have several.

Just one of the ways I’m making today amazing!

Today don’t forget…

1) To be patient with yourself–So difficult at times.  

I am reminded of a Neal A. Maxwell quote from his talk Patience

There is also a dimension of patience which links it to a special reverence for life. Patience is a willingness, in a sense, to watch the unfolding purposes of God with a sense of wonder and awe, rather than pacing up and down within the cell of our circumstance.

I totally pace in the cell of my circumstances.  But today I shall pray for a sense of the wonder and awe of God’s timing as I go throughout my day.

2) The difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice

I am reminded of a Dallin H Oaks quote from his talk Good, Better, Best:

Even though a particular choice is more costly, its far greater value may make it the best choice of all.

Consider how we use our time in the choices we make in viewing television, playing video games, surfing the Internet, or reading books or magazines. Of course it is good to view wholesome entertainment or to obtain interesting information. But not everything of that sort is worth the portion of our life we give to obtain it.

Which makes me think…are the activities I’m engaged in today worth the portion of my life to obtain them?  If so why?  Can I make today amazing by changing my activities?

After my day job I turn on the tv because my mind can’t seem to cope with more creative activities.  But what about some brainless but more productive ones?  Snagging pictures for my ancestor ebook and grabbing some source documents from the internet seems like a better use of time–though actually I could watch tv also.

3) Be happy now–now as in…now? with my sink piled with dirty dishes, my untidy house, my list of to-dos not done?  Yep!

Love the Lucile Johnson quote from her book Enjoy the Journey:

Our lives can be more vivid, beautiful, and health-enhancing if we open ourselves to the magic that is available, the miraculous behind the commonplace.  Some call it magic or even romance.  We might call it a “commitment to happiness.”  Life can offer a great deal of happiness, if we will make ourselves available to it.  Too many people live automatically, then life loses its freshness and enthusiasm and we die inside.

I get to make today amazing by watching the awesome soap bubbles mount up in my sink, creating order out of the chaos which is my house at the moment and choosing a colourful pen to cross off the to-dos on my list (and maybe moving some to tomorrow so I have more breathing space today).

4) The ‘why’ of the gospel

Can’t say it better than President Uchtdorf…

Sometimes, in the routine of our lives, we unintentionally overlook a vital aspect of the gospel of Jesus Christ, much as one might overlook a beautiful, delicate forget-me-not. In our diligent efforts to fulfill all of the duties and obligations we take on as members of the Church, we sometimes see the gospel as a long list of tasks that we must add to our already impossibly long to-do list, as a block of time that we must somehow fit into our busy schedules. We focus on what the Lord wants us to do and how we might do it, but we sometimes forget why.

My dear sisters, the gospel of Jesus Christ is not an obligation; it is a pathway, marked by our loving Father in Heaven, leading to happiness and peace in this life and glory and inexpressible fulfillment in the life to come. The gospel is a light that penetrates mortality and illuminates the way before us.

While understanding the “what” and the “how” of the gospel is necessary, the eternal fire and majesty of the gospel springs from the “why.” When we understand why our Heavenly Father has given us this pattern for living, when we remember why we committed to making it a foundational part of our lives, the gospel ceases to become a burden and, instead, becomes a joy and a delight. It becomes precious and sweet.

Love the ‘why’!

5) Heavenly Father Loves You

President Monson described it so well in his last talk to the Relief Society, titled “We Never Walk Alone“.

My dear sisters, your Heavenly Father loves you—each of you. That love never changes. It is not influenced by your appearance, by your possessions, or by the amount of money you have in your bank account. It is not changed by your talents and abilities. It is simply there. It is there for you when you are sad or happy, discouraged or hopeful. God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there.

Simply there–as we make today amazing!

How are you making today amazing?

 

This post is part of the Balanced challenge with Tricia Goyer—and you can join, too!

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