Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Practicing Virtues

I learned a concept recently that really helped me and so I wanted to share it with you.  I recently had an experience that required me to forgive someone.  I found this to be very difficult and needed help to accomplish this seemingly impossible task.  So, I called one of my many sponsors who taught me a new and very important concept.  She told me to look at it as an opportunity to "practice forgiveness."  What I say?  Practice forgiveness?  Hmmm.  I took a moment to chew on this and the Spirit began to whisper to me truth in what she said.  The idea took root and sprouted so fast within my soul that I knew it was a tender mercy from the Lord to help me on this journey to forgiveness.  So that's exactly what I did; I practiced forgiveness.  It took a few days to really let it go, but the healing and peace eventually came, and much sooner than it would have otherwise I might add. 

But did the learning curve end there?  No.  It occurred to me that forgiveness is not the only virtue I can apply this process to.  What about other virtues such as patience, humility, surrender, honesty, trust and charity?  All of a sudden the opportunity to practice forgiveness this one time turned into the opportunity to practice refining myself in all aspects of working toward God.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn tools that will help me in one situation and if I actually use those tools then as a reward I am in turn taught how to use them universally in many other situations.  It's like being given a pen to write with and then learning it can also be used to tie up my hair, unlock doors and scratch my back:-) 

I'm grateful also for the opportunity to look at obstacles with gratitude.  It's been difficult for so long to be grateful for my trials; to not feel sorry for myself and not throw Spiritual temper tantrums.  Now I look at each challenge as an opportunity to practice my virtues and to ultimately rely on my Savior to strengthen and perfect them.  It's not easy for sure, but that's why it's called practice!:-)

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Ezekiel 34:11-12,16

"For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick"