Personal Online Journal

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

How Do I Measure Success?

"We know we are successful if we live so that we qualify for, receive, and know how to follow the Spirit."

Julie B. Beck, Apr 2010.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

More Fierce Desire

From Kenneth Cope's song "More" from All About You. This inspired me on the drive to work this morning. Here are the lyrics.

More steady
More sure
More trusted
More Pure
Some say it doesn't matter

More trained and more aware
More aim to get me there
I climbed this far
You raise the bar
You want my heart

More fierce desire
To stand against the wind
More blazing fire
When dark is closing in
More love-inspired change within

So there's more and more of me to give

More words to learn and know
More etched upon my soul
Some say it doesn't matter
More tried
More true
Less me and much more You
I've stretched this tall
You sound the call
You want my all

You keep reaching out Calling out to me for
More strength in shoulders
To face the war with sin
More wise and bolder
To save the souls of men
A more faithful soldier to the end
You want more and more of me to give

More and more of me to give
More and more of me to give
More love
More light
More purpose
More serve with all my might
I need more hope
more faith
more patience
Each day I pray for more

More and more of me to give
More fire
More zeal
More spirit
To know what's real
More courage
More joy

More and more of me to give
More grateful
More true
More humble
To trust in You
You cal
I hear
I'll walk the path that's set in stone

My heart is fixed on getting home
And what on earth could matter more

More and more of me to give

Friday, April 09, 2010

Acceptable Service

This article from the Ensign touched my heart this morning.
He walked into a little classroom in the Philippines to be interviewed in preparation for receiving the Melchizedek Priesthood. I didn’t know how old he was, but even the older members of the branch called him Tatay (father).

When I asked whether he would be able to understand my English, he smiled warmly and replied with careful diction, “Yes, I will.”

After our interview I asked him if there was any reason he should not be ordained to the priesthood. After a moment he said, “Perhaps I should not receive the priesthood.”

Puzzled, I asked, “What do you mean?”

“I have only one tooth,” he replied. “I know I don’t look very good to receive the priesthood. It is all right if you tell me I cannot have the priesthood.”

We sat for a moment while I pondered his comment, tears welling up in my eyes. Then I put my hand on his hand and told him that I had seen many wonderful priesthood holders who had lost their hair, but he had beautiful, thick black hair. I also told him of priesthood holders who had only one ear or one eye, but he had both of his eyes and ears.

I then told him of a friend of mine who had lost his arm to cancer. When that brother had prayed in our home and had asked Heavenly Father to bless my wife and children, I knew he was a great servant of the Lord. I told Tatay how this friend had placed his only hand on the head of a little girl to bless her because she was dying and that I had felt the power of the priesthood that day.

This elderly Filipino smiled and said, “I hope my service to God will also be acceptable.”

We are all flawed in some significant way, and we all know the feelings of inadequacy that come with a new calling. But God accepts the humblest offering of the humblest Saint, and each of us can make a difference. We need not be embarrassed or ashamed; we need only give our best effort to the Lord. In turn He will bless us and magnify us and, in a marvelous way, make us whole.
(David E. LeSueur, “Acceptable Service,” Ensign, Mar 2010, 26, PDF)
I think of how blessed I am to be living in the USA. Of all the opportunities I have. I have never had to go hungry. I have all my teeth. I have air conditioning. I have a temple within a hour from me. The list goes on and on. I hope to be more humble so that I need not to be compelled to be humble (Alma 32:6-25)