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“The restoration of the gospel was not a restoration of rules; it was a restoration of reasons. The Ten Commandments actually made it through the apostasy. It was the reasons to keep the commandments that were lost.” Brad Wilcox, Department of Teacher Education at BYU
This statement is one of those that can stop you in your tracks when you first read it, make you go back and read it again, and then stay in your mind long after the paper has been put down.
At least that’s what happened to me.
In so much of what we do each day, I think what matters the most is the reason we actually did, or didn’t, do something.
Nick calls it “the why” of what we do, and feels it is at the heart of our gospel living.
Continue reading Awareness is an action verb
Let’s try another story to get us started today:
Once upon a time there was a very skilled, very ambitious journalist. After working through several attractive offers, she accepted a position with the news organization DEF. The overall culture and people were by far the most appealing to her.
Part of her contract agreement contained a list of rules and regulations that DEF stated clearly were nonnegotiable behaviors and personal conduct. One obvious infraction would be to share any news story or company information with its top rival, GHI.
Any breach of this protocol would result in her termination.
The journalist signed the contract, feeling that all of the terms were agreeable. After all, DEF had every right to set its own standards of conduct and enforce any infraction.
She worked hard for DEF and became renowned in her ability to dig deep enough to find the truth, without destroying the innocent in the process.
DEF couldn’t be happier.
Neither could the journalist.
Over time, however, the journalist and DEF began to have some deep philosophical differences. They made editing decisions on her stories, and she felt that her true work wasn’t being reflected in the reports told. Continue reading You have to let me work here, don’t you?