There are days I just wish someone would tell me what in the world I was supposed to be doing with my life. There are other days I have the clearest vision of who I am and what I am to become. As single adults I am positive we are constantly trying to make sense of the chaos surrounding us. When someone brings a glimmer of clarity into the picture our gratitude feels overwhelming and we want to share it with others. (Kind of like the gospel, eh?!)
Well this year, I again went to Education Week at BYU. Predictably, I came home with more motivation and desire to be the best me and really fulfill my mission in life. My favorite speaker (who I’ve mentioned in previous posts – his books are incredible!) Randal Wright was able to share some exciting news with me. Since meeting him over a year ago he has become somewhat of a mentor to me, helping me to understand exactly what my mission in life is. He has helped and challenged me in a guided step by step fashion to work towards and become my very best self. It’s easy for me to see that I have a long way to go, but the stories, experiences, and lessons he has shared with me have increased my ability and desire to progress.
Now…for his exciting news! He has just launched a website “Achieving Your Life Mission” with the many great motivational tools he has shared with me over the last year. On his site he will be giving weekly messages that will help you to discover and achieve your life mission. His weekly videos are incredibly motivating. (Although sometimes after watching them I think, “Why can’t I be like that?” Which isn’t very motivating…just depressing…so I switch my thinking to this instead, “Sweet…I’m going to do something like that too!” -and I feel inspired and motivated. It’s all about that dang mind control…right?!)
Life is a crazy maze of confusion sometimes. We are asked to endure things well and to live with great amounts of JOY in our life. We are asked to step into the darkness and are promised the light will come. Elder Packer relates a story I think of often in his address, “The Edge of the Light”
Shortly after I was called as a General Authority, I went to Elder Harold B. Lee for counsel. He listened very carefully to my problem and suggested that I see President David O. McKay. President McKay counseled me as to the direction I should go. I was very willing to be obedient but saw no way possible for me to do as he counseled me to do.
I returned to Elder Lee and told him that I saw no way to move in the direction I was counseled to go. He said, “The trouble with you is you want to see the end from the beginning.” I replied that I would like to see at least a step or two ahead. Then came the lesson of a lifetime: “You must learn to walk to the edge of the light, and then a few steps into the darkness; then the light will appear and show the way before you.” Then he quoted these eighteen words from the Book of Mormon: “Dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.”
So on into the darkness we go…trying to answer the questions: “Why in the world am I not married?” “What should my career be?” “How can I use my time, energy, and talents to build up the Kingdom?” “What is my purpose, my personal mission in life?” “What in the world does God want me to be doing??!”
I hope Randal Wright’s website (www.achieveyourlifemission.com or www.lifemission4u.com) can be a strength and tool for you in discovering who you really are and who you are meant to become. I certainly believe we all have individual purpose and a certain mission to achieve and perform while here on earth! Randal Wright has been a great help to me as I’ve journeyed into those ‘few steps of darkness,’ trying to understand my own. I’m so excited about having all this good stuff right at my fingertips. You can subscribe to his posts and if his mentoring has been a help to you I hope that you’ll share it with others! xoxo