Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Fail if You do Not Try
"You have not failed as long as you have tried."
I took this phrase from October's visiting teaching message. Alone, this phrase has multiple meaning. How would they apply? Can you think of them?
School. Writing. Home.
It is a promise given to us straight from a prophet's mouth on behalf of our young ones. Can you think of good parents with wayward children? Have you wondered how that happened? Do you worry about your parenting skills or even blame yourself for their wrong choices?
I do. All the time.
I think of Jacob and how he lost his young son, Joseph who was sold into Egypt by his corrupted older brothers. Jacob was a good parent. What about Lehi and Sariah? They were good parents and yet, Laman and Lemuel were not. There are countless other examples--even around us today of good parents with struggling children.
I often worry how my kids will go about life with the teachings I have nurtured them with.
When I read this message, my heart was filled. Can it be? Can I really trust in that promise? The Spirit answered me yes!
I take great comfort in those ten small words. Words of the Lord given by President Gorden B. Hinckley.
I know that as long as we do our best in this lifetime by following Christ's teachings we will not fail in our duty as parents.