December 28, 2008

I used to pick a song that I felt applied to every semester, every guy I dated, or really good friends I had. I guess now that I am growing up and changing a lot (thankfully the teen angst is mostly gone) I have realized every semester I have a scripture or chapter that has really taught me what I need to do or a simple answer to a question I have asked in prayer.

A girl in my ward said her Dad always tells her, "Honey, only the angels can do their best and that's all you can do."

I thought that was so simple and something I really needed to hear and so when I ran into Alma 29 during my scripture study it was something especially appreciated when I had been studying for hours or had been completely sleep deprived from writing a paper.

"O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart... (verse 1)" (and be a completely perfect student and some really prestigious school beg me to be a student at their university with a check in hand and be absolutely perfect in everyway)

"But behold, I am a man, and do sin in my wish; for I ought to be content with the things which the Lord hath allotted unto me (verse 3)." (But I should realize I am human and God has given me so much even though I am obviously not a genius and I should be more grateful!)

"Now, seeing that I know these things, why should I desire more than to perform the work to which I have been called (verse 6)?" (Why should I be harsh on myself when I have done everything I can possibly do?)

"...all that he seeth fit that they should have; therefore we see that the Lord doth counsel in wisdom, according to that which is just and true (verse 8)." (And obviously, it's good for me to have weaknesses, but God will make me stronger where I should be.)

"...then is my soul filled with joy; then do I remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer; yea, then do I remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me (verse 10)." (God hears my prayers when I am studying for an exam, and I know I receive so much help during the school year even though I am not perfect!)

"...and hath given me much success, in the which my joy is full (verse 13)." (I have received a lot from God with my school work and it makes me happy.)

Maybe this makes me seem really superficial, but it really helped me a lot this semester. I hope you find something in it too.