Sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in the “big” things in life. I can think of several times in my life where either I or someone I know has said something along the lines of, “I just want to be done with school, move out of my parents house, and have a totally awesome career.” “I just want to have children and be a super mom!” “I want to go on big exotic vacations.” “I just want to be skinnier.” The list goes on and on. It is very easy to live in the future at times and to expect that one day all of our troubles and difficulties will be gone and we will be in the place we want to be.
As daughters of God we strive for progression in life, which is actually a very good thing. However, when we only focus on the lavish parts of life, we fail to realize that our progression (and our happiness) is actually made up of small day-to-day things rather than huge life-changing events.
At the end of your life, when you look back on everything you have done, you will realize that those “small,” seemingly insignificant days and moments are the ones that truly make you who you are.
You probably remember the commonly quoted scripture in Alma 37. It tells us that “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” Working diligently at these small and simple things are what will ultimately help us to progress in both spiritual and temporal matters. Instead of expecting to score a goal during your first soccer game, you focus on practicing, learning, and mastering the basics of dribbling the ball and lengthening your endurance. Rather than just flying a helicopter to the top of a mountain, you take one step at a time to hike up it. Everything in life that is worth doing is worth taking time on.
So whatever you’re doing now in life, whether it be big or small, whether you make $100,000 a year or $1,000, whether you feel like you are accomplishing great things or not, keep doing your best at the “small” things you are doing. Pray fervently, serve endlessly, treat your family members kindly, do your best in school, attend your church meetings, and continue working one small day at a time to accomplish those big goals.
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