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Be patient with yourself
3:13pm Thursday 19th April 2012 in Thought for the week
The forget-me-not is a tiny flower.
Its five petals can prompt us about things we are wise never to forget.
First, forget not to be patient with yourself.
God is fully aware that we are not perfect; we spend so much energy comparing ourselves to others.
God wants to help us eventually turn our weaknesses into strengths, but this is a long-term goal. Keep working on it.
Second, forget not the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice.
An acceptable sacrifice is when we give up something good for something of far greater worth.
How can we tell the difference? Ask “Am I commiting my time to the things that matter most?”
Third, forget not to be happy now.
In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka hides a golden ticket in five of his candy bars, announcing that the finders of the tickets win a lifetime supply of chocolate. People all over the world desperately yearn to find one.
So many people today are waiting for their own “golden ticket”.
Never stop hoping for the righteous desires of your heart. But don’t close your eyes and hearts to the simple beauties of each day’s ordinary moments.
Fourth, forget not the “why” of the gospel.
Sometimes, we overlook a vital aspect of the gospel of Jesus Christ. His gospel is a pathway leading to peace in this life and fulfilment in the life to come. Let us not walk the path with our eyes on the ground.
Fifth, forget not that the Lord loves you.
Whatever your circumstances, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you.
He loves you with an infinite love because you are His child.
The little forget-me-not can be a symbol of the little things that make our lives joyful.
Cedric Knipe, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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