It may be important to consider what we think we value as compared with what we actually do in our daily lives. Reflecting on this, we usually discover that something needs re-aligning. We may realize that there are values we hold, commitments we’ve made, growth we desire, that simply are not on the list of our actual priorities. The things that take first place in our lives may be quite different. This review of what seems to be important to us because of what we actually do can be quite revealing. If what we are hoping to do is to grow in an understanding of ourselves as infused by Holy Mystery, of deepening our understanding of who we are as part of this earth, and of clarifying our desire to live the gospel of Jesus, then we should undertake this personal review carefully.
Enlighten me, O God.
What did this review of my priorities reveal to me? What needs re-aligligning
in my life? How can I make it happen?
For we know that the law is spiritual – but I am unspiritual… For I don’t understand what I am doing. For I do not do what I want – instead, I do what I hate. But if I do what I don’t want, I agree that the law is good. But now it is no longer me doing it, but weakness that lives in me. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very thing I do not want! For I delight in the law of God in my inner being. But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.
For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority.
At some point you start seeing the difference between what you really want, and what is your priority order.
What counts can’t always be counted; what can be counted doesn’t always count.
All of us must come to an honest, open self-examination, an awareness within as to who and what we want to be.
M. Russell Ballard
The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now.