I’m still working on the action steps for step 1, Honesty.
I made a few mistakes the other day as I stumbled upon a website that was for clothing, including forms of lingerie. The lingerie wasn’t too revealing but as the scripture says, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7 )
How can a little child be of infinite worth and still be nothing when compared to his or her parents?
Little children have limited strength and understanding. They are perfect and clean. They are so quick to forgive. They are so perfect and clean. Without a parents guidance and direction, it’s so easy for a little child to get hurt, make mistakes and get lost. Parents have the experience, they’ve "been there and done that", so they can give the child the guidance he or she needs to grow and progress in safety.
In what ways are you nothing when you do not have the help of God?
I have to always remind myself that God has blessed me with EVERYTHING I have: my mind, my talents, my character, my family, my job, there are no coincidences. As I remember this and recognize this, it all becomes more clear how I am nothing without God. If I don’t put my confidence in God, my guard is let down – I don’t have the Spirit to warn me of danger, to guide me, to help me. I’m more easily angered and frustrated, and I’m not the best husband or father without Heavenly Father’s help. Again, it’s so important that I recognize and remember where all blessing come from.
In what ways are you of infinite worth?
I’m not sure exactly what "infinite worth" means. I feel like one of my "jobs" on earth is to be a missionary – to lead by example and not be afraid to stand for what I know to be right. I can only do that if I’m worthy. I also feel so blessed to have an amazing wife and mother of our two children. I don’t want to do anything that would damage my relationship with her or them. God has entrusted me and I can’t give in to the natural man. As I look up "infinite worth" at LDS.org, I found this quote:
“When the satisfaction or the security of another person becomes as significant to one as is one’s own satisfaction or security, then the state of love exists” (Harry Stack Sullivan, Conceptions of Modern Psychiatry , 42–43).
I think infinite worth, marriage, and family all go together.
“The mantle of leadership is not the cloak of comfort, but the role of responsibility. … ‘Youth needs fewer critics and more models [to follow].’ One hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of a car we drove, what kind of a house we lived in, how much we had in the bank account, nor what our clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better because we were important in the life of a boy or a girl” (Pathways to Perfection , 131).
Although life sometimes makes us weary, impatient, or too busy for our children, we must never forget the infinite worth of what we have in our homes—our sons and our daughters. The task at hand, a business engagement, or a new automobile are all of benefit but pale in value when compared to the worth of a young soul. (bold added for emphasis)
My wife and children are of "infinite worth" and I must treat them as such.
Write about how recognizing your helplessness to overcome your addiction on your own can bring you to admit your own nothingness and become as a little child.
Humility – this is what I think little children have naturally that adults can lose as they get caught up in worldly pursuits. As I recognize my own nothingness and reach to my Heavenly Father for help and support, I put my trust in Him and my relationship with Him grows stronger. He’s then there to lead and guide me and blesses me with the Spirit at all times.
More to come from Step 1 – Honesty!