“To get you from where you are to where He wants you to be requires a lot of stretching, and that generally entails discomfort and pain.” Richard G. Scott
Do you ever feel like there is a constant battle going on inside of your head? It is like the natural man is fighting the Spirit… and that he is winning. “You want to speak up? Too bad, you will always be a quiet person. You want to be kind? Too bad, you will always be a selfish person. Just listen to yourself now.” And I know that it is all in my head because I have proven the natural man wrong countless times. But, then there are other days when it becomes almost paralyzing. Why does being good and doing right hurt sometimes?
That is where the yoga parable comes into play. Have you ever tried yoga? It is hard! I know that it kind of has the hippie feel to it, but it works your body and mind and spirit unlike any other sport. You stretch to your limit…and then, you stretch some more. You bend and twist and stand on your head. It can be painful. But then, guess what happens? At the end, you get to rest. And because of all the hard movements you did before, that rest is sweeter than any other rest you have ever had before. All of the pain that was there before has disappeared… and you feel at peace.
Life is so much like that. Everyday we are stretching to become a little more like our Heavenly Father. Like Elder Scott’s quote above, that will be uncomfortable and painful. But as we get up everyday and fight a little harder and trust in the Savior a little more, then we will become more refined (even if we cannot feel it in the moment). Then, at the end of it all, we will rest, and it will be a rest unlike anything that we have ever experienced. It will be sweet and joyful and fulfilling, because you did the work that earned it. How beautiful that day will be!
So, what does that mean right now when the day is still hard? It means to be a little better than you were yesterday. It means to give your whole heart to God and to tell Him, “Thy will be done.” He has great things in store for us, greater than we could ever imagine. That gives me hope that one day the battle inside of my mind will end, and I will have been victorious.
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
P.S. For this excellent talk given by Elder Scott, go to https://www.lds.org/ensign/1995/11/trust-in-the-lord.p1?lang=eng