Riding horses was one of their favorite things to do. The man and his young daughter were sharing the saddle on a hired horse, at their family's favorite mountain resort. They came here every summer, and today was a perfect day for riding.
With others in the family riding group, the two rode on through the lush, green forest. Sitting forward in the saddle, the young girl felt the excitement of the ride and the rush of the wind blowing in her hair. Her father behind her felt happy, strong and secure on the back of this steed, similar to the many he had ridden before.
The group of riders happily trotted through the varied and scenic landscape. Suddenly, the man's horse bolted into a terrifying speed. Grabbing his daughter as he tried to stabilize his own position on the saddle, the man tried to gain control of the horse. "Whoa!" he repeatedly cried out, yanking strongly on the reins. But the horse would not obey, as it furiously raced on. Branches whipped them as they held fiercely to the saddle horn.
"Daddy!" the young girl screamed, "Why is the horse running so fast?"
"I don't know!" he cried, losing confidence in his ability to control the situation.
"All we can do is hold on! Hold on tight!" the father commanded his frightened daughter.
Many questions began running through his head. "Why can't I control the horse? Why is he running out of control? How can I stop this? Will this ever end? Will it end badly?" Fear began to overtake him as the horse continued its wild flight.
A few moments later the horse came to a slow pace and then continued steadily forward. The man pulled again on the reins and cried "whoa!" This time the horse obeyed and stopped.
"What happened?", he thought. "What was wrong with the horse? How did I lose control? What did I do wrong?"
Soon they were joined by the others in the group, who had done their best to catch up.
"Are you all right?" was their worried query.
"Yes, I guess so." he replied. "I don't know what happened, something must be wrong with the horse."
"Oh, no." he was told. "The horse is fine, quite normal. He came upon an active hornets nest. It must have spooked him pretty bad. But see how he high-tailed it and brought you all to safety."
On the ride of life we sometimes come upon terrifying trials, where despite all we can do, we lose control. All we can do is to hold on tight and have faith that our horse will lead us to safety.
This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.
Feel free to suggest additions!
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.
Beautiful people do not just happen.
- Elizabeth Kubler Ross
Posted by The Youngs at 11:33 AM
Monday, September 17, 2012
What we love determines what we seek. What we seek determines what we think and do. What we think and do determines who we are — and who we will become.
In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance.
The heavens will not be filled with those who never made mistakes but with those who recognized that they were off course and who corrected their ways to get back in the light of gospel truth.
Never give up on anyone. And that includes not giving up on yourself.
Each of us is under a divinely spoken obligation to reach out with pardon and mercy and to forgive one another.
We will receive the joy of forgiveness in our own lives when we are willing to extend that joy freely to others.
As we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness.
What you create doesn’t have to be perfect. So what if the eggs are greasy or the toast is burned? Don’t let fear of failure discourage you.
Think of the purest, most all-consuming love you can imagine. Now multiply that love by an infinite amount—that is the measure of God’s love for you.
Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God's love encompasses us completely.
No matter our distress, no matter our sorrow, no matter our mistakes, our infinitely compassionate Heavenly Father desires that we draw near to Him so that He can draw near to us.”
The happiest people I know are not those who find their golden ticket; they are those who, while in pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments.
The Lord doesn't expect us to work harder than we are able. He doesn't (nor should we) compare our efforts to those of others. Our Heavenly Father asks only that we do the best we can—that we work according to our full capacity, however great or small that may be.
When our wagon gets stuck in the mud, God is much more likely to assist the man who gets out to push than the man who merely raises his voice in prayer—no matter how eloquent the oration.
We know from modern revelation that ‘the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.’ We cannot gauge the worth of another soul any more than we can measure the span of the universe.
Love is the power that initiates friendship, tolerance, civility, and respect. It is the source that overcomes divisiveness and hate. Love is the fire that warms our lives with unparalleled joy and divine hope. Love should be our walk and our talk.
As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you.
‘If ye love me, keep my commandments.’ This is the essence of what it means to be a true disciple: those who receive Christ Jesus walk with him.
Are you focused on the things that matter most? How you spend your quiet time may provide a valuable clue. Where do your thoughts go when the pressure of deadlines is gone? Are your thoughts and heart focused on those short-lived fleeting things that matter only in the moment or on things that matter most?
Often the answer to our prayer does not come while we’re on our knees but while we’re on our feet serving the Lord and serving those around us. Selfless acts of service and consecration refine our spirits remove the scales from our spiritual eyes and open the windows of heaven. By becoming the answer to someone’s prayer we often find the answer to our own.
Our motives and thoughts ultimately influence our actions. Jesus repeatedly emphasized the power of good thoughts and proper motives: 'Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not'.
We have a choice. We can seek for the bad in others. Or we can make peace and work to extend to others the understanding, fairness, and forgiveness we so desperately desire for ourselves. It is our choice; for whatever we seek, that we will certainly find.
Let us simplify our lives a little, let us make the changes necessary to focus on the simple, humble path of Christian discipleship.
You can't go through life on borrowed light.
Love is spelled T.I.M.E.
May I invite you to rise to the great potential within you. But don’t reach beyond your capacity. Don’t set goals beyond your capacity to achieve. Don’t feel guilty or dwell on thoughts of failure. Don’t compare yourself with others. Do the best you can, and the Lord will provide the rest.
Patience is not passive resignation, nor is it failing to act because of our fears. Patience means active waiting and enduring. It means staying with something and doing all that we can—working, hoping, and exercising faith; bearing hardship with fortitude, even when the desires of our hearts are delayed. Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!
God does not need us to love Him. But oh, how we need to love God! For what we love determines what we seek. What we seek determines what we think and do. What we think and do determines who we are—and who we will become.
Would the marathon runner feel the triumph of finishing the race had she not felt the pain of the hours of pushing against her limits? Would the pianist feel the joy of mastering an intricate sonata without the painstaking hours of practice?
Patience means staying with something until the end. It means delaying immediate gratification for future blessings.
Don't judge me because I sin differently than you.
Developing Christlike attributes in our lives is not an easy task, especially when we move away from generalities and abstractions and begin to deal with real life. The test comes in practicing what we proclaim.
It is good advice to slow down a little, steady the course, and focus on the essentials when experiencing adverse conditions.
God knows that some of the greatest souls who have ever lived are those who will never appear in the chronicles of history. They are the blessed, humble souls who emulate the Savior’s example and spend the days of their lives doing good.
Often the deep valleys of our present will be understood only by looking back on them from the mountains of our future experience.
It is said that any virtue when taken to an extreme can become a vice. Over-scheduling our days would certainly qualify for this. There comes a point where milestones can become millstones and ambitions, albatrosses around our necks.
Work is an antidote for anxiety, and ointment for sorrow, and a doorway to possibility.
Remember, heaven is filled with those who have this in common: They are forgiven. And they forgive.
A person’s true value has little to do with what the world holds in high esteem…you could pile up the accumulated currency of the entire world and it could not buy a loaf of bread in the economy of heaven.
Many of you are endlessly compassionate and patient with the weaknesses of others. Please remember also to be compassionate and patient with yourself.
If you consider success to be only the most perfect rose or dazzling orchid, you may miss some of life’s sweetest experiences.
Patience means to abide in faith, knowing that sometimes it is in the waiting rather than in the receiving that we grow the most.
God wants to help us to eventually turn all of our weaknesses into strengths, but He knows that this is a long-term goal. He wants us to become perfect, and if we stay on the path of discipleship, one day we will. It’s OK that you’re not quite there yet. Keep working on it, but stop punishing yourself.
STOP IT: This topic of judging others could actually be taught in a two-word sermon. When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm, please apply the following:
Stop it! It’s that simple. We simply have to stop judging others and replace judgmental thoughts and feelings with a heart full of love for God and His children.
It is often in the trial of adversity that we learn those most critical lessons that form our character and shape our destiny.
Quotes by Thomas S. Monson
Posted by The Youngs at 12:03 PM