23. And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
My friend said something to me a couple months ago that hasn’t left my mind.
She said, “we need more people that are gentle and kind.”
Her statement also relates to another quote that was said in a turtle house fireside saying, “We are not waiting for the world to become more wicked to have Christ come again, we are waiting for the people to become more righteous.” Our Turtle House
Both of these things said have created a stirring in my heart.
Becoming Who I Want To Become
I have questioned that type of person I want to become. I have thought about how I can prepare myself in this life for the next.
I have wanted to become more of a disciple of Jesus Christ by being a little more gentle with others and a little more kind.
After picking Ronen up from school, I thought it would be a nice treat for the family to have In N Out for dinner. They have all been asking for it for some time now.
While I was ordering the food I told the cashier to make sure we have no sauce, including ketchup or mustard on the burgers. (In Utah, if you asked for no sauce they would ask us if we wanted ketchup and mustard instead. I thought that they might do that at other locations as well.)
I made sure to say it a couple times just so they heard me because it was raining while I was placing the order.
The cashier said, “I want you to know that you don’t have to keep telling me no ketchup or mustard. We only have the special sauce that goes on the burgers.”
I then replied, “oh, sorry, I have been coming to In N Out for a long time and I have been telling them that because they would ask.”
She replied, “oh ok.”
At first I felt offended that she said that by the tone of her voice.
I then thought that it really wasn’t a big deal.
The main lesson I took away from this encounter was, no matter what is said to me I hope I can express myself or say what I will while being gentle and kind. I don’t want to feel the need to be offended or reply by being defensive.
I mean it really wasn’t a big deal. I’m just ordering food. 🙂
No big world issue, here. Haha
As I paid for the food from the cashier I smiled at her and told her thank you and went on my way.
While driving away I thought that I wasn’t being the best I could have been.
I Can Choose A More Gentle Me, A More Kind Me
In any situation where someone could possibly offend me, I can choose to be who I want to be.
With my thoughts and actions trying to do my best to invite the spirit of the Holy Ghost with me as much as I can, I hope to speak a little more kindly and act a little more gently. All with Jesus Christ in my thoughts.
I love that my friend and the talk I listened to shared this.
We can all share what we want to share. We can all be who we want to be. In a kind and gentle way.
I hope to be the person that still is cheerful but with words that are more thoughtful and my actions a little more generous.
Plus, I feel happier when I think with more gentle and kind thoughts.
Thoughts to ponder…
Who do I want to become when I choose to be more gentle with my words and kind in my thoughts?
Love For Our Fellowmen
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
Man, by nature, is tempted to seek only his own glory and not the glory of his neighbor or the glory of his God. None of us lives alone–in our city, our nation, or our world. There is no dividing line between our prosperity and our neighbor’s wretchedness.”