A little at a time, and day by day. These small acts of duty build a will of which I'm master. A little at a time, and on my way. I'll learn as I meet demands, Yield to the right commands. Make more than just a start. Follow a daily chart to discipline my will in every way. I'll be the master and my future path determine. Step by step. Go forward one at a time. Steadily climb. Recognize, and overcome! Make a plan, and every day find a way. Never delay. Work that plan. Good acts will habits create, so dominate, A little at a time, and day by day. I'll learn to live my life the proper way. And so I say, I'll find a way. Just a little at a time.
I've had this little song in my head for a couple weeks. It's a song I sang as part of a fireside group I was in during high school. (And yes, I still remember all of the words to all of the songs. As my husband is fond of saying, I would probably be smart enough to do something amazing like cure cancer if the space in my brain that is currently taken up by song lyrics could be freed up.)
This resolution plan of mine is working out so far. And I'm really glad about that. Not that it's easy every day, and not that I manage to do everything perfectly every day, but I'm glad to have found a solution that is working for me.
And I'm re-learning something kind of cool - the more I do these basic things (exercising, studying my scriptures) every day, the more I want to do them.
I'm pretty sure I knew that already, but it's been fun to re-learn.
And as I was reading Elder Bednar's book yesterday, (If you don't have it, go get it. And then make sure you actually read it. It's changing my entire outlook on the Gospel and learning in such a great way.) I kept coming across a theme over and over again. He talks throughout the book about how important it is to choose to be agents who act and not objects that are acted upon. And in talking about the importance of teaching our children to be learners, he quoted John 7:17:
"If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God."
In other words, if you want to know about something, you do it first. Then, the knowledge will come.
As I'm doing, I'm learning. And as I'm learning, I'm understanding. And as I'm understanding, I want to do better at the things I'm doing. What an awesome circle.
It can get a little overwhelming. There is so much to learn and figure out and do.
So I will keep plugging away.
A little at a time.
What things are you trying to accomplish a little at a time?
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