The Paralysis of Analysis

The Paralysis of Analysis

“Time to Get Your Feet Wet”

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(An excerpt from “Land on Your Feet…or Learn to Fly“)

The following video by Elder David A. Bednar illustrates a great point…give it a quick look and then we’ll chat about it.

The parting of the waters of Jordan

Did you notice that for a long moment, the children of Israel watched and waited, then gave a questioning glance to their companions and wondered why the water wasn’t parting? That’s exactly my reaction when I get a prompting from God. I hesitate and start asking questions in my mind: “Really, God, You REALLY want me to do THAT?? I don’t LIKE wet feet! And what if I get out there and the water STILL doesn’t part? What then?! Maybe I’ll just wait right here for a while…”

Remember, in matters of inspiration, “Ours is not to question why.” This is the place where we, like Nephi of old, should simply “go and do.”

Applying the Lesson to Ourselves:

The problems that lay before you are not as strong as the ancestors that walk beside you.”
–Unknown

Someday I’ll share the whole story with you, but for today, suffice to say that many years ago, I had a grandpa who, on occasion, lovingly gave my disobedient little butt a gentle course correction (a.k.a. “drop-kick”) with what appeared to 7-year-old me to be a size-15 work boot. It certainly got my attention and set me back on the right path.

For me, it’s like that with God too. Sometimes I “Hear Him” and either I don’t realize it’s Him, or (far more often) I hesitate until he gives me a “gentle” (LOL) drop-kick into the Jordan River of life.

Over the past few weeks, our family has gone through some pretty tumultuous times–employment problems, homelessness, and major health issues. Oh, and don’t forget that whole Coronavirus thing! Oh yeah…AND the riots…and natural disasters…and…???

In the midst of all this (and just days before the Corona shut-down) I showed up at God’s house (the Ogden Temple) whining about my wet feet. I sincerely prayed “Lord, why is all this CRAP happening? And what would you have me do?”
And what was his answer?

“Behold I say unto you [Kyle], …it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men; wherefore, if these things have ceased wo be unto you [Kyle] …for it is because of unbelief…”

–Moroni 7:37 (Book of Mormon)

I can’t seem to find an action plan to solve my current problems. It’s a big enough issue that I probably need miracles and ministering angels to help me. I went to the temple hoping for a concrete and specific solution to my current problems. Instead, God gave me a BEAUTIFUL answer, reminding me that “…without faith, He cannot send angels and give me miracles”.

Conclusion:

God Loves us. Our success is His “work and glory”. And His Grace is sufficient for all who believe.

I never understood or felt the Atonement of Jesus Christ in my life until I formally experienced the LDS Addiction Recovery Program’s 12 Steps. This inspired program, designed for “the worst of all sinners” (as the apostle Paul and Alma the Younger called themselves), will bring the blessings of the Atonement to EVERYONE who follows it’s precepts.

God loves all of his children. That includes you and me. Christ suffered for your sins. He also suffered (in a way I can’t even begin to fathom) your individual pains, afflictions, and trials. One thing that is evident at every LDS Addiction Recovery Program meeting is that the more you need Christ’s Atonement, the more God wants you to take advantage of it, and the more he will help you to do so. The influence of the Holy Ghost and the Light of Christ are in POWERFUL attendance at these meetings.

I testify to you that Christ’s Atonement is a game-changer, a life-changer, and a HEART-changer. It has blessed my life, and I know it will bless yours too.

To read the complete post “Land on Your Feet–Or Learn to Fly”, click the button below


Thanks again for joining me for this “Change of Heart Moment”. Please feel free to share this message with all around you!

As always, I invite you to share your successes and failures with me. I am inspired and uplifted by your efforts and by the stories of your journey. Comment below or private message me at Kyle@ChangeOfHeart.LIFE


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Kyle@ChangeOfHeart.LIFE

Husband. Father. Grandfather. Uncle. Son. Pro Musician. Artist. Pro Driver. Mormon. And...recovering alcoholic. Now as a professional Addiction Peer Support Specialist, I share my story at ChangeOfHeart.LIFE, facilitate 12-step meetings for the LDS Addiction Recovery Program, and work for Davis Behavioral Health at their Addiction Treatment Receiving Center.


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