Tuesday’s Torch 551
August 27, 2019
So we’ve all seen movies or television shows where someone gives themselves a pep talk in the mirror. Most of us have probably done this either out loud or at least silently. I know I have. It can be a great thing but it can also be hard to keep the same level of focus and determination that we have at that moment throughout the day and week when we aren’t all hyped up and looking ourself in the mirror. So we forget maybe not who we are, but we forget who it is we are trying to be. I’m going to share a few verses now and touch on an experience I had this week and what I learned from it.
“22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.“
These verses express basically that we don’t need to simply talk about all the great things we want to do or that we believe, we have to do those things. By living them we will find ourselves remembering who we want to be because we will be that person at all times.
This week I slipped up and made what I thought was an innocent “that’s what she said” type of joke while trying to be funny. It’s the kind of thing I’ve always tended to laugh at on shows like the Office and whenever I hear the type of comment made. I’m not proud of it and it is something I’ve strived really hard to remove from my sense of humor.
But on this one occasion I didn’t, I made the stupid remark, the person didn’t immediately see what my joke was referencing so I laughingly explained “oh, because you said this….”. It was just so stupid.
They instantly took offense and demanded I not speak that way and so I apologized and gave a weak excuse about what a rough day I had and that I was just trying to be funny. And said that’s not the type of person I am. That was pretty much the end of that conversation and a big status got posted that without naming my name was about me and what a terrible horrible person I apparently am because of a comment.
For a couple days I’ve thought how the person completely overreacted and how it was just a joke and I didn’t mean any offense by it and trying to excuse myself. But after some more thought and then this verse I found. I messed up. I didn’t bridle my tongue in that moment and I will try harder moving forward. It’s not up to me to decide if someone overreacted to something I said when it shouldn’t have been said to begin with. I have to hold myself to a higher standard. And dare I say we all should.
What good is my religion and my faith if I don’t live it? What good will preaching and sharing these messages accomplish if I even once in a while I chuckle out some stupid innuendo joke? That verse says it is in vain if we don’t control what we say. So moving forward, I’ll forgive myself for my mistake as we all are supposed to do when we repent and try to do better, but I will take the lesson with me. It’s not always the best thing to go out and announce the things we do that are wrong, but in this instance I felt that it deserved shedding some light on due to the lesson it can teach. The lesson that it taught me.
I’m not perfect, never claimed to be. But I do know that God lives, that our Savior lives, and I will forever strive to become more like him. This week and that momentary lack of self restraint to not make a stupid comment has helped to highlight exactly how far I have left to go. But I’m going to continue on the righteous path anyway, please stay on the path with me or join me if you’ve found yourself straying the course. Maybe we can help each other make it in one piece! Let us be more than hearers and speakers of the word, let us be doers! That is my hope and my prayer, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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