Erin Reynolds is single and lives in Washington D.C. This is her favorite blog ever, and she is honored to do a guest post (we're honored to have her)! In her spare time she likes thinking about the saddle her grandfather gave her, the next time she'll get to visit her niece and nephews, and the homeless man on his bike who likes to wish her a happy-belated-Mother's-Day, every time they cross paths.
I've been thinking about a reprimand a good friend of mine received in the form of a compliment. As she prepared to take an important test her mentor told her, "Your scores are excellent - yet they could be even better. What's holding you back is confidence. You still see yourself as an average student, which you no longer are. You've put in the time and work and even your 'bad' test scores are very good." He continued, "It takes time for us to see ourselves in a true light once we've changed. We may change quickly, but our perceptions of ourselves seldom change as rapidly. That can hold us back; although our capacity is fully developed, or our change is real, our belief can lag behind - even years behind. You need to start believing you are as good as you are."
It makes me wonder what the world would be like if we all believed we are what we are.
I think there would be more singing.
I think there would be more dancing.
I think there would be more laughing, embracing, sharing.
I think there would be more beauty and hope.
Isn't it a little mind-blowing to think that the personal-equivalent difference between this:
Perhaps that's why our belief in the Atonement is so important, so crucial. We innately recognize how terrible everything is and would be if change were not possible. We even get caught up in it, blown over by it, and sometimes, begin to drown in it. But I think a purpose of this life is to come to terms with the beautiful, amazing, soul-touching truth that because of God's love and the gift of His Son, we can change. Truly. Deeply. Profoundly. Completely. And maybe that's why regardless of where we are or what we've experienced, we can deeply believe the best is yet to be.