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Thursday, July 17, 2008

My first Blog - being perfect

This is a monumental event; finally the day has come for my very first Blog post! Besides the obvious reasons for starting a Blog (Not wanting to be left out) I thought hummm what would/could I use a Blog for… Sharing information about what is going on in my family’s life(s) and mine OR posting my rants – ohh trust me I have rants – (ask my kids about China) OR I could actually make this a meaningful blog and talk about issues and things that touch me. Finally I thought shut up and just do it!
My first Blog…
BEING PERFECT…
As you can see I am perfect in every way just look at my full head of hair! How many times have you been told – “you’re the perfect person for this... (task/job/position)”. There must be something that person saw in you, right? In a way it’s both rewarding and daunting to have this compliment thrown our way. Yes we all strive to be perfect and we all find great joy in being thought of as the right person, but there is the other nasty side to this… now we have expectations to fulfill and the chance of coming up short. How do we overcome this? Let’s look at this from the view of a church calling. We get callings and we are trying to fulfill our duties. Can we ever say – I was perfect in my calling I did everything that the Lord wanted me to do when I was asked to do it. Or do we attempt to do our best, and at times procrastinate assignments until the night before? My point is that we try to be perfect but realistically we come up short. Perfect is not something we can actually achieve only something we strive to become. Only our savior is truly perfect. So how do we as mortals that are set up to fail move forward? Outside of our LDS religion this is recognized and promoted as being “Born Again”. How do we as LDS look at being Born Again? Is it by our saviors grace alone like most Evangelical’s believe? Or is it by you partaking of the sacrament like most Catholics believe? I feel that it is a combination of the two – By our Savior’s grace we have the opportunity and by partaking the sacrament and repentance we regenerate our connection to Heavenly Father. Heavenly Father can not be in the presence of anything that is not perfect, but being the loving Father that he is, he provided a way for us to be linked with him through the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost withdraws when we are not at our best and then through repentance we can regenerate, like a star fish will regenerate lost limbs, our connection with Heavenly Father. Yoda was wrong then – “Do or do not, there is no try” – to be perfect, we have to continually TRY to be perfect and to pick ourselves up and press ever onward. I am positive that not every blog of mine will be so pointed, (or LONG!) but this is what I was thinking about on my way to work, and I wanted to share it with all of you blog-ers?

Shawn

2 comments:

marianne said...

I was all ready to say, "Hey Michelle, looks like you've got that talk all ready for September," but then I saw Shawn wrote it. Dang! Maybe Michelle can rip it off.

And about being perfect . . . it's funny, because Kathy Wilcox and I were just talking about how we need to start trying a little less at our callings so that we are not considered for anything bigger! Maybe I should stop reading my scriptures. That might do it!

Hillary said...

Haha..I had a comment for Michelle too, until the "on my way to work" part and I then saw Shawn wrote it. Anyway...for you Michelle.... :) I am glad when I come to your house and see a pile of laundry on the couch and you tell me it never really goes away. Then I don't feel so bad about the pile on MY couch :) Who needs "perfect" anyway?
And I have noticed the long flowing locks, Shawn......