BECOMING BETTER EVERYDAY
Hi everyone! Today is a day to remember because I’m starting a new series! It’s called (drum roll please…)
“Becoming Better Everyday”.
(As you may have very cleverly guessed from the title of this post 😉 )
A little bit of background: I honestly am so excited for this! I’ve been thinking about it for a little while now (after seeing someone else do something similar on their blog) + finally decided to start typing it down for a blog post. First of all, I’m that kind of person who goes through phases of “wanting to be better” + “I’m going to be such a better person-let’s make a list!”. Yup. I’m that one person. I decide I want to become better so I make (extensive) lists of the things that I want to be better at. If you know me, you would know that I want to become better at everything all at once. And if you’ve just even met me, you know that almost immediately I feel overwhelmed at such tasks. So I’ve decided to make a series where I will work on “becoming better everyday”. Not all at once. But little by little. Everyday. Because no matter how badly I want to be “all the good things” all at once, it doesn’t really happen that way (unfortunately 😉 ). And so it begins, the series we’ve (I’ve) been waiting for.
And now, onto the fun part.
What it is + why we’re doing it: The “Becoming Better Everyday” series is pretty self-explanatory I think. It’s a series that’ll help all of us try to be better people (because who doesn’t want to become better?!?!!!). Like I said above, there’re pretty much always different things/attributes that I’d like to be better at/develop. PLUS, I’ve asked some of my good friends what they are wanting to work on too so I can incorporate it into the series (because I am just one person + I want everyone to feel like they can participate). I got some really good feedback + realized that this series has to do with time.
In YWs a little while ago, we talked about Elder Stevenson’s talk “Your Four Minutes” (found here.) which I really loved. He compares our life to our “performance time” or in other words “Our Four Minutes”. When we perform, we try to do our best. Even though this part of our eternal existence is so short, we make important decisions that ultimately determine our destiny. So why shouldn’t we try our best? If our choices while we’re here affect so much more of our existence, we should be giving it our all + trying our very hardest to be the best that we can. This is what Elder Stevenson says:
Now, consider how your pathway to eternal life is similar to these athletes’ “four-minute performance.” You are an eternal being. Before you were born, you existed as a spirit. In the presence of a loving Heavenly Father, you trained and prepared to come to earth for a brief moment and, well, perform. This life is your four minutes. While you are here, your actions will determine whether you win the prize of eternal life. The prophet Amulek described, “This life is the time … to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day … to perform [your] labors.”5
In a sense, your four minutes have already begun. The clock is ticking. The words of the Apostle Paul seem so fitting: to run the race, that you may obtain the prize.6
In the same way that certain steps are essential in the very brief performance of an Olympic athlete—jumps or maneuvers for ice skaters and snowboarders, negotiating the turns of a bobsled run, or carving through the gates of a downhill slalom course—so it is in our lives, where certain things are absolutely essential—checkpoints which move us through our spiritual performance on earth. These spiritual markers are the essential God-given ordinances of the gospel:baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, priesthood ordinations, temple ordinances, and partaking of thesacrament each week.
“In the[se] ordinances … , the power of godliness is manifest.”7
And in the same way that the discipline of training prepares an athlete to perform elements in his or her sport at the highest level, keeping the commandments will qualify you to receive these saving ordinances.
Do you sense the urgency?
My young friends, wherever you are in your “four-minute performance,” I urge you to ponder, “What do I need to do next to ensure my medal?” Perhaps during this conference, the Spirit has whispered to you what that may be: to prepare more thoughtfully for an ordinance in your future or to receive an ordinance that you should have received a long time ago. Whatever it may be, do it now. Don’t wait. Your four minutes will pass quickly, and you’ll have eternity to think about what you did in this life.8
…Dear friends, you are in the midst of an exhilarating journey. In some ways, you are racing down the half-pipe or sled track, and it can be challenging to perform each element or navigate each turn along the way. But remember, you’ve prepared for this for millennia. This is your moment to perform. This is your four minutes! The time is now!
So, as Elder Stevenson said, “This is your moment to perform. This is your four minutes! The time is now!” he’s right. So. Let’s get started. OK?!
[I’ll be posting our first uh…”challenge” shortly 🙂 ]