It feels like I have spent a lot of time in my life just going through motions and living on the surface. That is why the following comments struck home to me. I should know better. I have a divine lineage that sets me up to be so much more capable than I am on so many days. Those darn natural man Goliaths can wreak havoc with even the best of us on days when we are doing the best, the very best we can.
“In the absence of a compelling testimony, some have let their daily
thoughts and actions become so focused on the things of the world that they
have minimized the influence of the light of the gospel in their everyday
“And then as Elder Neal A. Maxwell has so eloquently
described, also included are those ‘ “honorable” members who
are skimming over the surface instead of deepening their discipleship and
who are casually engaged rather than “anxiously engaged” (D&C
76:75; 58:27)’ (in Conference Report, Oct. 1992, 89; or Ensign, Nov.
1992, 65). . . .
” . . . President Gordon B. Hinckley . . .
said: ‘I have been quoted as saying, “Do the best you can.”
But I want to emphasize that it be the very best. We are too prone to be
satisfied with mediocre performance. We are capable of doing so much
better’ (“Standing Strong and Immovable,” Worldwide
Leadership Training Meeting, 10 Jan. 2004, 21).”
( Elder Donald L. Staheli, “Securing Our Testimonies,” Ensign, Nov. 2004, 37)
So, take comfort in the tender mercies of the Lord as we use daily repentance and trust in His atonement. Jeffrey R. Holland said, “Surely the thing God enjoys most about being God is the thrill of being merciful, especially to those who don’t expect it and often feel they don’t deserve it.”