A time for resolutions. A time to enact greater output with our lives through exerting more input. A place where greater growth from diligent sowing and harvest appears. The proper way to build up productivity, and all around health and habits, or, Resolution Restitution.
Never heard of it, well, it’s new! Actually, it really isn’t new. The subject of life improvement and growth has been around for as long as forever.
The correct principles and truths that govern our progress from grace to grace, have always been around. So, what is this sketch all about then?
This is a basic outline, built on doctrines of fundamental building points, to help you be successful in your new resolutions, in your life’s journey, and into the next! Simply put? The best things usually are.
Just think of it, an absolute point of fact knowledge, even beyond the mortal senses. Truth, which never changes, once understood, bears testimony and witness of itself. How, do you say?
Because truth, or things as they really are, only understood through our righteous living, and confirmed through the Holy Ghost, is always affirmed, and never fails. To put it point blank, the truth is indestructible, no matter who fights against it.
How does truth relate to our topic at hand of goals and resolutions?
The Lord says in scripture:
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33.
The key principle taught here is this, come unto God in all your doings, and the desires of your heart, which are righteous, shall be added or given unto you. So, how do we accomplish this?
The best way to teach, is to give a principle, and then show an example of it in real life scenarios.
For this example, we will use a common resolution many have, better physical health.
Instead of putting yourself through a disadvantage, by telling yourself you have to do this a certain, and usually unjustified way, then barricading yourself every step of the way, by telling yourself you are not winning, let’s try a different approach.
Step 1. Putting First Things First
The best and really only way to exact change in a being, is to get them to see their situation at the ground level for what it is, and then give them the proper perspective and confidence they need to succeed, starting from where they are.
For example, let’s take me. I know I need to improve my health through cardiovascular and strength toning exercise. Now, I could be unkind to myself in thought and word and say in essence, “Hey, you are lazy! You need to exercise and lower your cholesterol. Why haven’t you done this?” Not a very proactive approach to bringing about change. Most people know that betterment doesn’t come from criticizing or putting down. What is the alternative then?
Let’s take a look through a spiritual context, as a proper lens to view things through.
In the morning I say my prayers. In my prayers I think of my Mom and feel inspired to pray for her, then call her, to give healthy praise for the good influence she is in my life.
While talking, we happen to discuss getting together for a chance to disscus my life and goals in general. Then when we do so, we go for a walk. As we walk, we get to talking about our faith. While this happens, the topic of conversation leads to how I feel I would be more spiritually strengthened, if I were to feel better physically (a true phenomenon by the way). My Mom suggests that she is going to be getting a pass to a recreation center, and wants me to go with her as a workout friend. We start going, and we bond as we share these experiences, talking and supporting one another. We begin to accomplish these worthy goals, because they were first seeded in the Lord and His kingdom! Working out becomes a pleasure, and is meaningful for us both, in more ways than one.
Let’s analyze this situation to see if we can deduce the evidence of what happened here, and why it was successful. First, I took mental thought and note of what I wanted, to workout. Second, I went about following and serving the Lord. I said my prayers and followed through with what the Spirit had told me to do. Third, the way was prepared, and I ended up loving and making a routine of working out, enjoying it. All parts of a successful recipe for achieving a desired goal.
Yes, I planned, I prepared, and I followed through, but all in a very natural and non-forcing manner. There are always going to be times we need to push ourselves to do what needs to be done, even when we don’t want to, but forcing ourselves to do something is only helpful in this context of building confidence, and achieving the necessary.
Step 2. Naturally, Never Forcing
The Lord needs to be the Master of our lives, and make of us all He means for us to be (even as He), as we live our lives for, and with Him. It is a process we are all meant to make, through consecrating our all to the Lord and His kingdom. As we do His will and not our own, His will and way is eternal life and exaltation. Our way and will only leads to a lesser path, and thus a lesser end. We are meant to follow our God and have joy in this life, and in becoming like Him in each trial we face.
Step 3. Following Through
As our hearts are tried along the way, as they most assuredly will be, we must continue with this faith, trust, commitment, keeping the commandments, and obeying personal commandments that the Lord will give from time to time. In so doing, we will be guided along the way, and our life carved, molded, and brought to a newness, in His most glorious, gracious and personalized plan, which will ultimately be for our utmost joy and involvement in the Kingdom of Heaven.
So, at this time of growth and new beginnings, let’s remember to:
27 …see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order. Mosiah 4:27
May we draw nearer unto the Lord, and find our path unto Him and his kingdom, every day and evermore.