What do you Desire?
1/5/2012 1:58:51 PM
I love quotes. I collect them. My ultimate favorite ones I put on my fridge, I have vinyl lettering on my walls & I even put in the notepad on my cell phone, so that I can look through them anytime I want.
My fridge is pretty cluttered right now. I've been sick this last week, plus the holidays have come & gone, so the front of the fridge needed to be decluttered. With what energy I had, I straightened up & found a quote under a wedding announcement. I don't remember where it came from. It is on a plain white small square piece of paper, typed up. But the quote itself was very, very thought provoking. It went through my head for a a few days. I've finally been able to collect my thoughts about this quote. Here it is.
"Therefore, what we insistently desire, over time, is what we will eventually become and what we will receive in the eternity." Neal A. Maxwell

WOW, were my first thoughts. My next thoughts were, "what am I insistently desiring? Do I want that for eternity? Lately, well, this winter I guess, I've been discouraged. I've thought to myself that I don't deserve what I have, that I won't ever "get through this". The Lord has stretched His hand out to me over & over again. He has sent me so many Tender Mercies, and I've ignored them, thinking that I won't ever be able to change. In stressful times I've desired to just detach for a while & go back to my addictive behaviors, just to "relax". But then this quote came to me. I thought to myself, " Am I desiring something that is worth losing all the good that I have in my life, for eternity?" No, my addictive behavior is not worth losing eternity over, it's NOT. So something inside me has to change.
I've mentioned before that I participate in a journaling class. We pick a topic & then write about that topic & share it with the rest of the group. Well this months theme was, "The Best of 2011". My first attempt at my assignment was very, very long. I typed up all the good things that occurred, all the trips we were able to take, all the accomplishments of my children, all that sort of stuff. But then as I read over it, I found a consistency in all of those events. All the good things & even all the not so good things happened with my family. My spouse, my children, my close family & close friends were all surrounding me & my immediate family through everything.
During the good events we rallied together & celebrated life together. On the not so great events, we drew closer together & prayed for strength beyond ourselves to accomplish the tasks at hand, or at least for strength to endure it well. All the good, all the difficult, we endured together. I was never alone & that is what made the Best of 2011 for me.
So in thinking about what I insistently desire, I've realized that my desire has changed. My spouse, my children, my Temple Covenants, all of that is what I desire for Eternity. So my thoughts will focus on them from now on.
Think of what you desire. Does what you temporarily desire & what you seek for Eternity match up at all? If not, then it's time for a change. Read the quote again, reread it over & over again until it sinks in. Then act on it. That is what FAITH is, acting on something you believe in. So, I'm going to practice some faith and do something, so that what I desire matches what I want for Eternity.


I love that quote    
""Therefore, what we insistently desire, over time, is what we will eventually become and what we will receive in the eternity." Neal A. Maxwell

Thanks for sharing it. Now to act on it. I would love to hear more quotes like this from you and from any others who would like to share their favorites, or just those that they think are important or good.

I tend to act on words if they make sense, and the above quote by Elder Maxwell certainly makes sense and should give all of us hope."
posted at 16:50:42 on January 5, 2012 by dog

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"As Latter-day Saints, we need not look like the world. We need not entertain like the world. Our personal habits should be different. Our recreation should be different. Our concern for family will be different. As we establish this distinctiveness firmly in our life’s pattern, the blessings of heaven await to assist us."

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