Monday, March 26, 2007

Whate'er thou art, act well thy part.

Thoughts for today from my personal study:

Often we practice things so we have know them "by heart". What that means is when you know something by heart, you are comfortable with it that no matter what the pressure of performance is, you will do what you have prepared to do perfectly. If you get lost or distracted then you can pick right up and do what comes next. You also don't have to constantly watch what your doing nor worry about what is coming next. When you know something by heart, you have no need to be afraid. Does this sound familiar, when ye are prepared, ye shall not fear?

God's plan is that we come to know Him by heart. When I know what to do, how to be, how to act and then do it that my actions will be positive. That they will be what He would do if in my shoes.
When I know Him by heart I am not compelled or coerced it is a sweet feeling from being prepared. I love that.

If we know by heart what he expects of us, when we are called to do our part, we will contribute and feel good about it. It doesn't matter who you are, but how you are. Everyone has a different part, a different piece to play that Father would have us do and only we can do.

President David O McKay said " Whate'er thou art, act well they part." When we do our part by heart we will be at peace and feel very prepared. Doing what we know is the right thing will build confidence. Let confidence wax strong! The important thing is if we are comfortable with who we are even a the storms swirl around us we will not question what the right thing to do is or be.

"Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm". (Robert Louis Stevenson).

When we come to know the Savior by heart, we not only come to understand what he would do but why he would do it. His motivation is always love. Then we can make the music he intended for us to make without having to watch ourselves and worry constantly about what is going to happen next.

Excellent advice, I think I will go and ponder this more!

1 comment:

Lara said...

Just wanted to add that we often don't know if we truly know something by heart unless we are under the pressure of performance...

You may be able to sing the song perfectly in practice sessions, but once you are in front of an audience, you blank out because you don't know it as well as you thought you did.

I think this is why we are given trials...it's easy to know Christ and live the Gospel when life is easy...but how well do we know Christ and live the Gospel when things start to get really hard?