It was these paragraphs that sparked this train of thought. From a New York news story that showed up in the LDS newsroom:
"When asked how she does this five days a week during the school year, she replied: "It's just discipline. You just have to say, ' I'm going to attend seminary every morning.' If you say, 'Maybe I'll attend,' it won't happen. You have to make a really strong decision and make it a priority. It takes a lot of self-discipline."
Consistent self-discipline then begins to turn into confidence and character, and it shows in other aspects of these young people's lives."
That last sentence really hit me. Everybody wants to feel peace, and that comes in a large part from personal confidence and character. That, combined with the Atonement and the mercy of Jesus Christ, is where peace comes from. Peace comes from us doing our part to perfect our lives and do all we can to show the Lord that we are so grateful for His mercy and forgiveness, which is ultimately what brings us back to God and saves our souls.Perhaps I've just had an "Aha!" moment, but it just seems so obvious today. I think that's a good sign. =) I know that choosing right is definitely not always easy...but I also know that it is always worth it. No exceptions. With the right perspective, it's easy to see that that's true.
I also know that we can pray to the Lord for courage and help to do those hard things that are right.
So why not just do it? =)