Decide to turn your will and your life over to the care of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Step 3 Reading
I used to think that obeying rules gave limitations to what I could do. It narrows the way in a way that felt like I was being held back. But then I realized submission to God's will gives one more freedom of choice, freeing you from addiction. Freedom is used in the reading. Because yes, it narrows the way, but so life is easier. It makes the pathway to happiness easier to see. When you stray off the path, you find darkness and loss, selfishness and dissatisfaction, greed and envy, lust and sadness. In the darkness, you feel stuck and weighed down. But staying on that path is where the light is and where you are free to live happily and make choices where you can see, because it's light.
Here is a poem that helps illustrate this concept:
The Disobedient Kite
I once went flying with my master
He took me out on a windy day
He let me grow higher and higher
As the wind pulled me up and away
I pulled on the string he had tethered
Wishing to climb greater heights
I beckoned him softly as to whether
He'd give me my freedom in flight.
He shook his head at my imploring
Stating the string held me up
'But the string just anchors my exploring!'
So I asked again, I wouldn't let up.
Finally he said he would show me
The value in rules he had set
And he cut at the string from below me
Exulted, I leaned, the wind swept
But the soaring expected then faulted
And broken, I began the fall
For the connection I'd found as a burden
Was what held me up high after all.
I find it interesting that the word "anchor" is used negatively in this poem. When in this scripture it's used as a good thing: "Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with asurety bhope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which chope cometh of dfaith, maketh an eanchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in fgood works, being led to gglorify God." Ether 12:4
Even in just the use of that one word, it illustrates how perspective changes meaning a great deal. We may think of the anchor as holding down the ship so it cannot go. Then again, the anchor in a ship is what keeps it safe and steadfast against the storms.
In step 3 we are deciding to act for ourselves by following the Lord to escape the chains of addiction, and be freed. Regardless of others, I choose my actions. And if I choose to follow the Lord's will for me every single day, I will be led into happiness. Sometimes this can be hard, but it also states that all it takes is for us "to open the door to go just a little bit."
I've found that all it takes is just a little bit. As soon as I try a little tiny bit, the Lord encircles me in His love and encouragement. He is always there! Sometimes I have thought that I wanted Him to give up on me because I thought it would just be easier if I gave up and hated myself and gave in to my weaknesses. But He didn't. He never does! He will always be there, even though we are inconsistent and make mistakes and have draw-backs.
His healing power is safe. I love that "safety of following His way." But it has to be all! We have to submit everything. Our entire will and life to Him, and continually. It's not something that happens all at once. I can decide now to do this, and then tomorrow I will have to decide again. I might have to decide again in an hour, in a moment. The key is to make a consistent effort to continually submit my will to the Lord's, taking "one day at a time."
"God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference."
I am in charge of me. I choose the way I react to every thing that happens to me or around me every day. No matter what happens, I am in charge of how I react. If somebody says something rude, I don't have to get angry. If I feel judged, I don't have to feel worthless. If I don't do something perfectly, I don't have to get discouraged. I can choose happiness.
Easier said then done.
But "with God nothing shall be impossible."
Thank God for what you have, Trust God for what you need.
I really want to let God direct my life, but I think my problem is sometimes I want to pick and choose when I allow His influence in my life, when I should have this as a constant. What prevents me is that other desire for carnal things, not in agreement to God's will. I must reconcile myself to the will of God and not to the flesh.
To do this, I'm going to follow these steps I set for myself in this post.