“All victory and glory is brought to pass unto you through your diligence, faithfulness, and prayers of faith.” – Doctrine and Covenants 103:36
This year, I kind of made up a theme or motto for myself: Diligence. (I admit, at first, I thought that my resolution was to be more “anal”, but then I realized that diligence had a better ring to it).
I can’t say that I’m diligent. I waver. I get tired. I work hard for a while, then I kaput for a second. Usually, I get back onto the wagon, and then try hard again. That’s good. I’m not a quitter. So I’m diligently working at being more diligent. But I do have a way to go.
So what is it about being diligent that I need to work hard on – working hard! Not tiring out. I like the fact that in the scripture quoted above, we are taught that the secret to having victories in life is by being diligent, faithful, and prayerful.
A secret, I think, to being diligent is to be more faithful. I need to have an eye of faith. When we can visualize our goals, then we will acheive them.
An example is given in Ether 12: “And there were many whose faith was so exceedingly strong, even before Christ came, who could not be kept from within the veil, but truly saw with their eyes the things which they had beheld with an eye of faith, and they were glad. ” (Ether 12:19). Here, we are told that those who beheld things with an eye of faith were then able to see spiritual things with their own eyes. First they exercised the faith, then they received knowledge. This is what happened with the Brother of Jared. Many other prophets received similar witness by first exercising an eye of faith.
How does this have anything to do with diligence? I think that we can help ourselves be diligent and have victories if we apply the same eye of faith on a small scale. For example, if I see myself, at some point, selling artwork in a gallery, then I’ll probably be more willing to do the work required to get to that point. If I see myself as a fit woman, then that vision will help me overcome the obstacles that stand in my way until I am that fit woman. The eye of faith is an attribute that can help us to stay determined until we reach our goals.
So – here’s to diligence. I’m trying again.