02 August 2007
If at first you don't succeed...
Okay, so there wasn't actually any surfing, but we tried. The surfboard got the better of me last night, and I have a bruise on my arm to prove it. I'm not giving up, though. Many of my talents have come easily to me, instilling a lack of perseverance in me, I'm afraid. I know my children will follow that example if I allow them to see me give up because it was just too hard. I'm concerned that my eldest has inherited my trait of wanting to do something well on first attempt. Surfing is a superficial example, but I want my children to know good things are worth working for: a good marriage, a strong testimony, and true happiness. Regardless of our talent, we all must work for these noble desires.
So, how do we show our dedication for these goals? I have started reading my scriptures in the morning, when the kids will stumble out of bed and see that I have a love for these sacred words. We attend our meetings on Sunday happily. We refrain from complaining about the church, our leaders, and our callings in front of them. We go on dates with our spouse--ensuring we have to make an effort to show our affection and friendship for one another. When they see us doing and working for these, our aspirations, they will see how important they are to us, and hopefully choose to work for and persevere after goodness.
PS Is this a blowfish?
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