Friday, March 14, 2008


While I am not a fan of The Work and the Glory series I do love the following story as told by Gerald Lund, a Church Educational System Administrator and a General Authority for the LDS Church.

He tells the story of medical personnel taking a truckload of supplies into the jungles of Africa to set up a hospital. The bridges they had to cross were not strong enough to support the truck. Rather than lighten the load by leaving precious supplies behind, they stopped at each river or ravine to strengthen the bridge.

It is easest to want to drop off the heavy things. Our heavy things are issues and stress that can be related to our family, financial burdens or even poor health. When we, in our problem-solving truck reach a chasm sometimes we must be willing to stop and strengthen the bridge in order to get through. The caveat in this is that we must be wise enough to know what is best. Do we make a drop off or do we gird up our loins, take time to do things right and forge forward?

One danger that we face in this life is that of mediocrity. Some times it's just easier to make a decision that requires less work. President Gordon B. Hinckley has 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 much better."

On the B Side: I am grateful for simple analogies that make things so much more clear in my mind. I love the words of our Prophet dear and am inspired by his loving consideration and concern for us. Some times it is best to take the road less traveled by. This reminds me of the words of the Cheshire cat to Alice. "If you don't know which way you want to go it doesn't matter which path you choose"

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