Meekness

I was looking through some general conference talks from last year, looking for a specific one that talked about how the members aren’t called to callings because of their efficiency in that area, but because they can be given an opportunity to grow. I’m sure Spencer knows who gave it, but I can’t think of it off the top of my head right now. I was searching for it because I think we often criticize or judge those placed in callings who “can’t” do it right or “shouldn’t” be there because they just don’t have the training or aren’t efficient enough at it. This particular talk had addressed this and how important it was that we weren’t concerned with top-performing efficiency status in our wards, but instead with how people are doing spiritually, giving them the opportunity to serve and grow. I thought it was in the talk from David A. Bednar called “Meed and Lowly of Heart” from April 2018. It wasn’t, but I couldn’t help but read through this talk, as it pulled me in and I felt strongly about writing about it and creating a digital download. This is one of my favorites!

Elder Bednar gave a quick description for us- “Meekness is a defining attribute of the Redeemer and is distinguished by righteous responsiveness, willing submissiveness, and strong self-restraint.” How often do we need to exercise strong self-restraint? I am a mom, so… all the time 😉 Luckily I worked retail management for a long time and had A LOT of practice! I always try to be submissive to the Lord, putting pride aside and doing as I’m asked, but I’m not perfect at it. I also know I am terrible at righteous responsiveness, as most the time I feel like I’m just thinking to do something silly in my own mind instead of following a prompting. I have a lot of work to do, no doubt. But that’s why I feel like this talk was perfect for me right now. I love the message Elder Bednar shared when he said, “The Christlike quality of meekness often is misunderstood in our contemporary world. Meekness is strong, not weak; active, not passive; courageous, not timid; restrained, not excessive; modest, not self-aggrandizing; and gracious, not brash. A meek person is not easily provoked, pretentious, or overbearing and readily acknowledges the accomplishments of others.” Sometimes I focus too much on what the world thinks about me. I care about the way I look or if I’m liked. I have worked with people who have encouraged me to do wrong things because that’s what an “independent” woman would do. Meekness isn’t something to be ashamed of. People may not understand it, but it is a divine attribute we desperately need in these latter-days. I hope we can work to be more meek as a people. Pride will tear people apart and away from their Divine Parents. Meekness will bring them together and turn them towards their heavenly home.