A gradual, ongoing process
By dude
1/22/2009 6:42:06 PM
Step 1 - Action Step — Let go of pride and seek humility
This part of step 1 is a source of constant surprise for me. I'm so used to doing things my way, and my way, for so many years, diverged from the Lord's way.

So, letting go of the notion that I knew everything, that I could handle this addiction on my own, that I didn't need the Atonement, that I was doing fine, that I should resign myself to the fact that I would never change and that I should just give up...I tell you, that was tough to deal with. I mean, these were all ideas and behaviors that were (and are to some extent, still) deeply ingrained into my thoughts and behavior.

I thought that giving up my pride and seeking humility would be subjecting myself, and by extension, a limitation of my will. I know, that sounds foolish, right? But that's the mindset of a prideful person, I think. Giving up one's prideful nature seems like a such a sacrifice, at first anyway.

Oh, but the joy and relief that comes from seeking humility! Letting go of my pride has allowed me to witness God's love and wisdom. I've come to realize that God is the happiest, most peaceful being in the universe, and to obey Him is wisdom. It's a total no-brainer, actually!

And as I continue to submit my will to God's will, and then change my will and align it with His, I am amazed at how happy I am and how free I feel. I feel motivated to learn more about my Heavenly Father, His attributes, His will, His law when I actively seek humility. This motivation and this joy has come as a for which I am eternally grateful.


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"In recent years, as I have sung the hymns of the Atonement, it has been with an especially full heart—and also with full voice, when I can continue to sing—lines such as “How great thou art,” “I scarce can take it in,” “To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine,” “I stand all amazed,” and “Oh, it is wonderful!”"

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987