Monday, September 14, 2015

Richard G. Scott on perspective on helping others

Elder Richard G. Scott (1928- ) served as a Seventy from 1977-1988, when he was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles.
"When I take a small pebble and place it directly in front of my eye, it takes on the appearance of a mighty boulder. It is all I can see. It becomes all-consuming—like the problems of a loved one that affect our lives every waking moment. When the things you realistically can do to help are done, leave the matter in the hands of the Lord and worry no more. Do not feel guilty because you cannot do more. Do not waste your energy on useless worry. The Lord will take the pebble that fills your vision and cast it down among the challenges you will face in your eternal progress. It will then be seen in perspective. In time, you will feel impressions and know how to give further help. You will find more peace and happiness, will not neglect others that need you, and will be able to give greater help because of that eternal perspective."
- Richard G. Scott, "To Help a Loved One in Need," Ensign, May 1988, pp. 60-61
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This is a great reminder about perspective. In the immediacy of our short-term concerns, our burdens and worries can seem so all-encompassing, so consuming. But allowing the Lord to participate in that process helps us to keep a broader, more eternal perspective.

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