Thursday, February 25, 2016

Are You Awake Yet?

I half remember groggily hitting the snooze button on my phone's alarm this morning, fully expecting it to go off again, but, to my surprise, the alarm decided to let me sleep. Love the mornings when you don't have to go to class because it's a scheduled break given to you by your professor.

Despite the slow start up, I can honestly describe this morning as a very awake one because my spirit hasn't felt this wide awake in a long time. This might be due to the extensive scripture study I was able to do yesterday. That really does make such a difference in one's day.

The experiences of this week, combined with this morning, have caused me to question the difference between being spiritually awake and spiritually asleep. What causes these events to occur, whether of sleep or wakefulness.

Physically those questions should have fairly simple answers. We sleep when we need to restore the expended energy that was accumulated the previous night to last throughout our day.

So, what does this mean for our spirits? What kind of rest and reaccumulation of energy is required to rejuvenate and restore them for the needed spiritual expenditures of each day?

Do they also struggle to wake up when we haven't given them the rest required to face the day?

This world is turbulent and it can be a morally exhausting daily routine if we don't also pay attention to the most important rest for our souls.

Each day if we will take time to

  • Immerse ourselves in the word of God and engage our souls with Him in prayer as we do so, then we will be on the right track to building up the energy that it takes to make it through each day.
  • Going to the temple, inside if you are able to do so but the grounds also work too, is a great form of rest and restoration of spiritual energy that everyone needs. 
  • Try to stay as close to spiritual places throughout your day and you'll find the energy filling up the spiritual tank there too. 
  • Going to institute, church, and having Gospel discussions with your friends can also tip that spiritual meter towards where it needs to be.

I pledge to take the Lord with me today by taking the time to invite Him in by study and by faith.

What will you do?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

What Makes You Tick? Lessons Learned from an Alabama Missionary

A wise mission president, President Richard D. Hanks, gave a training one day that changed the course of my mission and my life. I have since heard this training given enough times to be written on my very soul. This picture embodies the idea behind that training. Standing in front of our zone, he asked us what kind of people we wanted to be and just how we expected to live our lives. Drawing two stick figures on the board, he explained that you can either point the arrows of your focus, effort, and action inward or outward. The only difference is found in your perspective of whether or not you expect to get or to give in life. To live a Christlike life you must be a giver and not a "getter."

The church film that recently came out about Ephraim Hanks, no he's not related to my mission president (much to his disappointment), also embodies this idea. Ephraim lived his life according to his choices to always do the right thing and serve everyone that he could. He was an incredible man who worked many mighty miracles in the name of the Lord. The motto emblazoned on the cover of this movie is "Decisions Determine Destiny."

You decide.

Who are you going to be?

"There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can circumvent, hinder, or control the firm resolve of a determined soul." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Monday, March 5, 2012

The Complex Simplicity of Commiting Acts of Journalism and Seeking Truth

Today my professor, Matthew D. LaPlante, issued a challenge in my Beginning Writing for the Mass Media class. He invited us to be the "superman"s in the journalism world and to go out and seek to make a difference, "relying on the fact that it's important to do and nothing else."

So this day I pledge to commit acts of journalism and to make a difference for no other reason than the joy of doing it. I will make a change in the world around me from the words that I write and I can only hope that they will have an impact.

"The state is what it is because citizens are what they are. Therefore we shouldn't expect to have a better state until we have better men." - Plato

We must change our hearts today for the good of tomorrow.

So let it begin.

Monday, June 6, 2011

"Life is Simply Complex"

"Life is complicated and then you die" seems to be a highly inaccurate statement. Death is the easy part and life isn't always complicated, sometimes the simple moments can bend time and space and make the whole universe stand still.  Honestly without the simplicity there would be no complexity.  Without a difference between two extremes there is no distinguishing and therefore the two extremes don't exist.  So the statement life is simply complex is far more accurate and a whole lot more fun to say.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Joy in the Journey

I have just found a new reason behind finding joy in not just the little things and the moments that star our fragile lives here on Earth but also in finding joy in the journey.  Like on a roller coaster finding joy in the journey doesn't just mean enjoying the loops and barrel roles in our lives but the malfunctions too, the frequent stops or mechanical failures, the things that we are not as ready to enjoy.  It means finding some way to love and live in the moment no matter what's included in that particular moment. For the last few months I've been feeling particularly down over the mistakes I've made in the past and wondering what purpose they could possibly serve for me right now as well as later and I was struggling to be my usual happy quirky self. I then realized that it was my choice how I wanted to be and how I wanted to see things, my perspective, that makes the difference.  It was also then that I realized that I'd always known this but had forgotten the key to it all when I first went away to college.  I'd like to think that is got lost in the transition from family home life to college single life.  And now I feel such joy that I've found it again.  No matter what you go through it is your choice to find joy in the journey.  So what are you waiting for?  Leap!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Truth about Theories

A theory, where does it really come from?  People have called it a fancy guess based on evidence, an educated guess, an opinion, and many more diverse definitions. It has been used, misused, and abused throughout it's entire existence as a word.  It could probably make a case against the English speakers of humanity for the mistreatment but few would give it a second thought assuming that it must be happy with it's current state of affairs.  If you ask me a theory is a crucial step in creating facts.  A piece of the puzzle when put together with enough of them on a hard surface, will make the big picture just as if you string enough theories along and you can back them up will make the facts and hard evidence we use to make our choices.  Therefore a theory in my opinion is really a piece of an incomplete fact.