Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Always Improving

"Just do the best you can, but be sure it is your very best."
-Gordon B. Hinckley

Since the beginning of last year, instead of picking and choosing what Ensign articles to read I have read each issue from cover to cover. By doing so I know that by doing so my testimony has been strengthened. Much thought goes into each article and no matter the topic, or your life circumstance, each article is in the Ensign for a reason.

Today I was reading an article in February's Ensign titled "Achieving Your Full Potential" and it offered the reassurance and motivation that I needed and reinforced choices I am making.
Here are a few points that I especially loved that I thought I would share.

-Each of us can and should do more to meet the Lord's expectations of us.

-Complete your degree or vocational training no matter the intellecttual or financial strggles you encounter along the way. (no excuses)

-Education is a vital key to the dooe of opportunity

-Stay focused and stay on course-to finish what we have started.

-Satan's biggest tool is distraction and discouragement. He finds ways to help us make excuses about why we can't do this or that. He blurs our focus by diverting our attention.

-Staying focused, discipline, and committed to meaningful goals, both spiritually and temporally, is an important-in fact, an essential-key to your success here in this life and in the eternitites to come.

-"Behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God."-Mosiah 2:17

If I had more time I could explain what each sentence meant to me but I won't go that deep. I try not to get preachy on the blog, but I felt the need to share so maybe this will mean something to someone else as well.


Chris and Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing. i tend to be picky-choosey about what to read but i should follow your example and read it all. THEY know what is best for us!!! Thanks for the reminder!

loved reading your nursing update. glad things are moving along and you are staying afloat.

Kristin said...

Thanks Tiff! After talking to you on Sunday, I have a new goal! I LOVE it! I look forward to reading something new in the Ensign almost everyday, and I have to say it really isn't hard to do! It is so nice that the Ensign is meant for each of us, every article. Thanks again, and let me know if you need anything!

The Lamb Family said...

Thanks for sharing. It's such a nice reminder. You are such a great example. This makes me want to read everything in the Ensign now. Before I do that, I need to re-subscribe mine;)

Kierstin said...

That is a great goal-reading the Ensign cover to cover each month. I'm going to try and do the same. Thanks for your post!

Stephy said...

I just love the Ensign because I need all the help I can get! Way to put those important things out there for all us to read and be uplifted. Hope you are doing good. I'm such a louzy neighbor. Let's get together some time.

Liz and Scott said...

I started reading the Ensign from cover to cover when walking on the treadmill when I was pregnant. I was amazed at how much more in-tune with the spirit I was. I need to get back in the habit again.