“Meekness is strong, not weak; active, not passive; courageous, not timid; restrained, not excessive; modest, not self-aggrandizing; and gracious, not brash. A meek person is not easily provoked, pretentious, or overbearing and readily acknowledges the accomplishments of others.”
Elder David A. Bednar, “Meek and Lowly of Heart”, General Conference, April 2018
We all know someone who is not meek. Someone who is excessive, self-aggrandizing, pretentious, etc. Now, we’re not supposed to judge the person, but we need to judge right from wrong in our quest to be the person we need to be.
In contrast, we all know of a Person who is all things meek, humble, courageous, modest, gracious, etc. Everything we want to emulate. And…we should. We should be working on being more meek and less pretentious, more humble and less prideful, more gracious and less entitled, etc. That is, or should be, our goal.
The last thing I want to mention, is being less provoked. It is easy to get upset, disappointed, and angry at those we love, our neighbors, those around us, especially when driving. When we have the Spirit, we are more restrained, and more at peace despite the actions of others.
This battle of good versus evil is real. Heavenly Father puts people in our path to help and serve when we need it. But…satan also puts people in our path to bring us down, to provoke us. It helps to be aware of what is happening around us and why.