Alethea & Athena (double_dear) wrote,
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It's possible♪

Today in Sunday School, the teacher presented a scenario, based on a true story, and asked how we would respond. In one of his college classes, he had a professor who asked, "Why do you Mormons keep trying to be perfect when you know it's impossible?" Whole books have been written on being made perfect in Christ, but I guess the point is you can't be perfect without Him anyway, so why bother? I think?

Anyway, the idea of saying, "That's too hard; you should stop trying," is highly offensive to us. Our answer to the question is, "Actually, we know we can be perfect, but not in this lifetime, which is exactly why we need to get as big a head start as possible."

But this got us started talking about giving up before you try, or not, as the case may be. For example, when we were in middle school, we were interested in learning Japanese, but we never actually considered it to be a real possibility to become fluent. We just kept at it because we liked it, and eventually we got to a point where we were like, "Wow, I can actually understand what people are saying." But if we'd just decided it was impossible and therefore not done anything, of course we wouldn't have gotten any closer to fluency!

On the other hand, there are things that we tried and gave up on, but usually those are things that we just aren't motivated enough for. I mean, I'm pretty sure I could be amazing at...I don't know, let's say knitting. After some false starts trying to knit sweaters several months ago, we both decided that we just don't enjoy knitting enough to make the time for it. We'll leave it for all the people who like it. But if it was a dream of ours to knit sweaters and scarves and afghans and stuff, then of course we're not going to achieve it unless we sit down and start knitting.

But anyway, back to the Sunday School lesson--the teacher had actually come up with a really good analogy that he told his professor. If you think of the Lord, who commands us to be perfect, as a baseball coach, the baseball coach knows that you're not going to hit every pitch, and sometimes you're even going to strike out. But that doesn't make you a terrible baseball player, and you're still going to keep trying to hit every ball that's thrown at you. And no coach is ever going to tell his players to go out there and strike out.

Today I'm thankful for those cute little felt Easter baskets they sell at Fresh & Easy, our ride home from church being very patient as we waited and waited and waited for me to get set apart (I got released from my calling as Relief Society teacher and am now on the Thursday Night Activity committee), having Reese's eggs, having plans to read manga later, and the green lemonade they had at Chick-Fil-A yesterday.
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