Thursday, December 13, 2012

Too weak to change and the fear of failure

President Thomas S. Monson gave the following words of comfort: “Should there be anyone who feels he is too weak to change the onward and downward course of his life; or should there be those who fail to resolve to do better because of the greatest of fears, the fear of failure, there is no more comforting assurance to be had than the words of the Lord; ‘My grace,’ said He, ‘is sufficient for  all men that humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them’”  (Ensign, May 2000, 48)

“Grace is the enabling power from God that allows men and women to obtain blessings in this life and to gain eternal life and exaltation after they have exercised faith, repented, and given their best effort to keep the commandments.  Such divine help or strength is given through the mercy and love of God.” (Guide to the Scriptures)

“To be humble is to recognize gratefully your dependence on the Lord – to understand that you have constant need for His support.  Humility is an acknowledgement that your talents and abilities are gifts from God.  It is not a sign of weakness, timidity, or fear; it is an indication that you know where your  true strength lies.” (True to the Faith: A Gospel Reference [2004], 86).