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Day 5
By They_Speak
6/21/2012 2:11:22 AM
Meeting today was good. Talked about an incident at work. A small incident where, short story shorter, someone thought my performance in a rather trivial area was sub-par and condescendingly let me know. Though I usually am a high performer all around and I don't have a lot of insecurity in this particular area for whatever reason it really set me off and I felt a subtle but great deal of shame. Feeling it and recognizing that I was feeling it was weird to me. I realized these are the times I need meetings. Though I think I am, the truth is sometimes, I'm not good at dealing with life on life's terms. I was able to get this out to the group. It was good to acknowledge and address the senseless shame I was feeling. I look forward to unraveling more of this in step 4.

Why I fired my God: Because I believe to much of my concept of God and his plan was wrapped up in my concept, or lack there of, of me and my own self judgments. It was ugly. I imagine if there is a God and I was him I would want that mental construct I had plowed with a wrecking ball and rebuilt from the foundation up. So I have little reservation in starting from scratch at this point because I no longer believe that my interpretations of the teachings of the church aligned with much possible truth or relevant doctrine anyway. As I rebuild I hope to be able to separate my higher power and his plan for me from my own judgments. Maybe i'm just tired but it seems to me from this could come the faith that bares fruit. The faith in a God I can do business with.

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"Nothing is beyond [Christ’s] redeeming reach or His encircling empathy. Therefore, we should not complain about our own life’s not being a rose garden when we remember who wore the crown of thorns! Having bled at every pore, how red His raiment must have been in Gethsemane, how crimson that cloak! No wonder, when Christ comes in power and glory, that He will come in reminding red attire, signifying not only the winepress of wrath, but also to bring to our remembrance how He suffered for each of us in Gethsemane and on Calvary!"

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987