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September 5, 2021 - Shallow Roots

We can, we should, and we must look unto the Savior in every thought to find every solution and to make every decision. We should be unique in ­striking at the root of important and timely issues and not be merely one of the thousands hacking at the branches.

Elder David A. Bednar, "Look unto Me in Every Thought; Doubt Not, Fear Not", BYU Leadership Meeting, April 16, 2021

This was an address Elder Bednar gave at a BYU leadership meeting but it is not just for the university, it is something we all need to hear. It definitely caught my attention.

I think in my life, I tend to trim the branches, so to speak. In other words, I tend to remove only the negative in my life which is visible to others as opposed to concentrating on the invisible or unseen root of that negativity. Afterall, it is easier to lop off a branch than it is to cut out a root that I have to dig for and find.

But, that is precisely what I need to do. No longer can I afford to trim my tree of life only. I need to remove the shallow roots and allow the solid, firm, strong, deep roots take hold and grow deeper. The winds of life are here and will only become stronger.

For it grieveth me that I should lose the trees of my vineyard; wherefore ye shall clear away the bad according as the good shall grow, that the root and the top may be equal in strength, until the good shall overcome the bad, and the bad be hewn down and cast into the fire, that they cumber not the ground of my vineyard; and thus will I sweep away the bad out of my vineyard. - Jacob 5:66
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