August 8, 2021 - Lengthen Our Stride

The number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them. Some things are better than good, and these are the things that should command priority attention in our lives. We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best.

President Dallin H. Oaks, "Good, Better, Best", General Conference, October 2007


In my mind, there are many "good" things we can be doing to move forward on the straight and narrow path that leads back to life with our Heavenly Father. However, progress along the path, or our pace moving forward, is minimal...but we are still moving forward.


And that's the goal....move forward, even if it's two steps forward and one step back, right?


So don't misunderstand. Action is different than focus, or desire, for most of us mortals. What we want or intend to do, is different than what we end up doing...in most cases. Eventually, they will align. I'm not talking about making easy, eternally insignificant decisions, like whether or not to eat a hamburger. Or, I want to wear purple today, so I end up wearing purple.


I'm talking about the Christlike decisions in life. Things that affect our spiritual progress. Thinking about doing them and actually doing them is hard.


When we focus on doing the better-than-good things and then actually do them, our pace forward is so much faster. We will reach our destination that much quicker. Then... imagine if we focus on doing the best things....how much quicker even can we move along the path?


President Spencer W. Kimball said we need to "lengthen our stride". Is this what he meant? Focusing on the better things, even the best things?


Now, good vs better vs best is subjective given our own unique circumstances. However, the intent is the same for each of us. We just need to determine what is good and what is better than good, and then put that into action.


Also, widening our willingness and capacity to do better things, also widens our capacity to receive in more blessings. It's like taking a drink from a straw vs taking a drink from the hose.



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