I don't know about anyone else, but I know that lately I have heard lots of people hatin on themselves lately and I'm not gonna lie, I feel that way a lot too. And its making me CRAZY!! How often do we feel like we try our best and keep trying and trying and then finally just give up because we think we can't. We think we are too weak, too impatient, too lazy, not smart enough, not pretty enough, not good enough. Well, I guess I just want to say that I hate this! Do you think that our loving Heavenly Father would encourage that kind of thinking in any of his children? No. And guess what that means? It actually comes from Satan. That crazy brother of ours who wants nothing more than to take away all hope of happiness, all faith in goodness, and all confidence in oneself. And why do we listen to him? Here is what I am thinking. We all have this insanely amazing potential. We were bright hopeful spirits before we came to this earth. We were like little children. You look at them and know that they can grow up to be anything and everything they want. But if we remembered what we were like then, this life would be no challenge whatsoever. If we only remember a small amount of our own divine heritage, there is no way we could have any self doubt or any question that Heavenly Father loves us beyond measure, no matter what we look like, no matter how we feel about ourselves. The ONLY reason we ever feel bad about ourselves is because Satan makes us forget who we are. Don't forget who you are. And that is an amazing child of an infinite King and Creator of the entire Universe! How amazing is it that that is our heritage??
Also, I LOVE all the talks recently by Elder Carl B. Cook about looking UP! his most recent one in the January ensign especially says we should look up rather than sideways. This is so profound. Everyone is different. Spiritually, emotionally, physically, academically, and in so many other ways. It is so silly to compare ourselves to other people. I should what other people are doing affect how you look at yourself? And who cares what other people think of you? If you are doing what is right for you and you are happy and someone else is going to think you are crazy for it, so what? Sometimes you gotta focus on yourself and no one else. It doesn't matter what others think of you, but what you and Heavenly Father thinks of you. Look up, not sideways. Because really, the only opinion that really matters in this life is His. And if he is pleased with you, you will know it and you will be happy! And knowing that He is proud of you is better than any feeling in the world. So it doesn't matter if one person you know is way ahead of you and someone else a little behind, because it doesn't matter so much where we are now, because no one is perfect. What really counts is the direction we are headed in. So if you are striving to become better in anything at all, THAT is what really counts. So make some goals, pray for help, and work on it. Even if you don't do it all right away, that's ok. Because Heavenly Father understands and will give you the strength to try harder and do better the next time. No matter how many times we fall down, he is always there to pick us back up, and even carry us when we need it. And if we are working towards SOMETHING, no matter how small or big it is, we can be happy. And that is why life is wonderful and we are all so amazing! We have the potential to change and be happy through all our faults!
I love this life!
PS- this was mostly a little pep talk to myself, so sorry if I went a little crazy there! It is also the middle of the night, so I am just hoping it makes sense. Hahaha