Sunday, January 10, 2016

More Striving Within

In touch with my 'More" mantra for 2016.  More striving within.  I am interested in this concept. I checked for some ideas from the words of the General Authorities and no one talked about this particular pairing of words.  One would be quoted in the first part of the talk, and the other may fall at the end.  Here is an example:
 This season also helps us realize what matters most in life and often is a time of serious personal reflection and evaluation as we consider the past and contemplate the future.
Sadly and far too often this wonderful season of reevaluation becomes “the time of good intentions,” when our resolutions to be better end in “sudden death” within a few days or weeks into the new year. . . 
Then way down at the end of the speech the line:
. . .  strive to obtain sacred and eternal blessings. Erich W. Kopischke, What Do You Envision In Life?, BYU Speeches, Dec 2, 2014. 
I add a little more because the talk does add to the concept of striving within even if it doesn't put the words together like I wanted.
. . .  dreams and visions are important. They determine the directions, goals, and priorities we are setting for our lives. The scriptures teach the following: “Where there is no vision,the people perish. 4Proverbs 29:18.
 Sometimes our understanding of a principle is enhanced if we reverse the phrasing, which in this case would read: “Where there is a vision, the people flourish.” I truly believe this to be true because I have witnessed it in my own life and in the lives of many others around me.The scripture then continues, “But he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”5This brings me to ask you two very personal questions: What is your personal vision for your life? and What are you doing to fulfill it? Ibid BYU Speeches...
This is a good talk about striving within oneself to be more.
Goals reflect the desires of our hearts and our vision of what we can accomplish. Through goals and plans, our hopes are transformed into action. Goal setting and planning are acts of faith.22Ibid
More striving within,  the inner self needs to try harder, to do more, be more and live more.



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