In last week’s lesson, I shared a poem that metaphorically represents our choices and the paths they can lead us down. This was in response to the scripture:
“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” – 3 Nephi 14:14
It’s interesting that the poet suggests that when we choose a path our path will present us with other paths to choose from along the way, virtually making it impossible to start again at the beginning. It makes me think of how I sometimes end up at the crazy end of YouTube because I’ve followed too many Suggested videos. 🙂
Here is the poem by Robert Frost:
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
What are your thoughts on this scripture and this poem?
I was listening to talk given by Elder Neal A. Maxwell where he states:
‘In many ways, God has paid us the supreme compliment of believing in us, and believing in our ablility to change and improve, slowly but lastingly, rather than having God holding us in a kind of condescending, cosmic contempt. He believes in us, and that’s as important as his loving us.’
When I heard these words spoken by an apostle of the Lord, I felt them leave an indelible impression on me for many reasons. The stand-out reason is that, as a parent, I am having to come to terms with allowing my children to exercise their agency on a daily basis. This becomes a problem for me sometimes – especially in the case of my 14-year-old. This profound statement has helped me remember that I need to believe in my children. That I need to have faith that what I have taught them will be of value to them and that they are at liberty to choose how they will use what I have taught them. That my confidence in them will help them have confidence in themselves.
The other remarkable reason is that
He believes in ME!!!
I have spent so much of my life yearning to be validated by so many people. I guess it stemmed from my childhood from being surrounded by people that made me believe I was never good enough. I have a frustrating tendency to beat myself up in the hopes that others will see it and think that I’ve beat them to the punch and lay off. Let me tell you, that only seems to give certain people the go-ahead to go in for the kill. Hearing those words made something inside me come alive! Like a dying spark was re-ignited.
I couldn’t hold it in – I had to share it! It helped me let go of a lot of negative feelings that had been building up inside me. And, I found that I wanted to share this with as many people as I could so that my Father in Heaven could continue to let his love be felt, so that he can reassure anyone out there in the pits of despair that he is in their corner. HE BELIEVES IN US!
Think of what demons you can conquer knowing this priceless truth.