As I pondered on the principle of faith this morning, I had a few profound thoughts that I would like to share.
I studied President Russell M. Nelson’s Women’s Session address, Spiritual Treasures, from this last October 2019 General Conference. You can find the address at THIS LINK.
President Nelson spoke of a consecrated life. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from his address:
“The Holy Ghost will be your personal tutor as you seek to understand what the Lord would have you know and do. This process is neither quick nor easy, but it is spiritually invigorating.”
“... truly doing so requires you to examine your life meticulously and regularly. As you do, the Holy Ghost will prompt you about what is no longer needful, what is no longer worthy of your time and energy.”
“As you embark upon and continue this lifelong process of consecrating your life to the Lord, the changes in your perspective, feelings, and spiritual strength will amaze you!”
My first profound thought: Achieving your greatest potential is a lifelong endeavor. At times, we forget this while we live in an “instant world.” So, if achieving your greatest potential is a lifelong endeavor then the little improvements, the little things, become extremely important over time. Sure, we should pay attention to the big life moments and lessons, but exponential growth comes from doing the little things well day after day over decades. The big things thrill us. The little things are mundane. The novice thinks the big things are what matter most. The master knows it is the little things that attract the greatest success.
My second profound thought: Often, it takes more faith to follow the little things than the big things. For example, say you get the idea to smile more often or pray for five minutes longer each day. These are small things. They will not take up a lot of time or a lot of effort, therefore, they will be easy to cast aside, second-guess, ignore or eventually forget about. However, these are the very things that could change who you are, if done consistently over a long period of time. These things take more faith!
The title of this article is the final thought I had when pondering on this. I love it. “Ignoring the little things, is not a little thing.”
Thank you for reading.
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