Last night I attended a wonderful Stake leadership training meeting for our church. (A Stake=several congregations)
Many times I have been to these meetings where they split us up. Presidents meet. 1st counselors meet. 2nd counselors meet. And secretaries meet. They then each gain new ideas that they can take home and use in their service in the church. This time, though, we all stayed together and had a fantastic discussion. The discussion was based on an article called "The Fourth Missionary" by Lawrence E. Corbridge.
This article talks about missionary work and what kind of missionary we want to be. The Stake Relief Society presidency applied it to each of us and how we fulfill our church callings. (A "calling" is a job in the church that the Bishop or Stake President asks us to do.)
They were speaking and asking questions and I was madly scribbling down notes. It was all about self improvement. We all can be better people. None of us is perfect. We each have room to grow, learn, stretch and improve. And I LOVED how these awesome sisters presented it. (Sisters:this is how we refer to women in the church...we are all sisters in the gospel.)
One sister in the audience commented (I'm paraphrasing here. I can't remember her exact words.) that when we are simply checking off our to-do list or our check list our hearts are really not in it. We are just going through the motions. Our check lists are huge. We never can seem to get them done. She said, "my checklist runneth over". Haha! I LOVED that! It's so true! When we throw out the check list and begin to really give away our "will" to the Father and allow His will to take over we will be so very blessed. And we get more accomplished. And our perspective changes.
A counselor in the Stake RS Presidency asked, "Who are you going to be"? When we are standing in front of the Savior and all of the day-to-day things are no longer "defining" us....who will we be? We are not what we do: laundry, dishes, diaper changer, mom, wife,chauffeur, cook, baker, etc, etc, etc. Who are we really? What are our qualities? How are we becoming more like the Savior?
I love that this really made me think about the person I am becoming.
I loved this quote that was shared:
"The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature." By Ezra Taft Benson
There was a time a couple of years ago that I used this phrase a lot: "It's all about perspective!" I love that this lesson changed my perspective and helped me to see some of the things that I need to change in my life so that I can become more like the Savior. Perspective is everything!