Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Sermons: Drops of Awesome

Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.Alma 37:6

How many times do you do something good while beating yourself up for all the times you weren't perfect? I borrowed that question from Kathryn Thompson at Daring Young Mom. I know I do it all the time and her post, Drops of Awesome, really hit home for me. It's something I want to share with you. I've been thinking about this for a couple of weeks and would really just love to include her post, word-for-word, here. I've decided to include just half the post a couple of highlights to whet your appetite so that you'll want to click on over and read the whole post.

Do not rob yourself of this moment’s joy because of what you failed to do yesterday or what you fear you might not do tomorrow.

Every time you do something good, something kind, something productive, it’s a drop in your Bucket of Awesome. You don’t lose drops for every misstep. You can only build. You can only fill.

When I started thinking about my life in terms of adding these little Drops of Awesome for every tiny act of good, I found that I was doing more and more of them because it’s a lot more fun to do good when you’re rewarded with joy, rather than being guilted about every failure in your past.

As I added up these Drops of Awesome, I found that in those moments I actually became the person I had always wanted to be.

In the end, it’s really about allowing yourself to feel joy and allowing yourself to be proud of the small victories of life. This builds momentum and you want more drops in your bucket and when you don’t get as many, you pick yourself up and say, “What can I do next?”

When we are in a relationship with Christ, striving as God’s sons and daughters to do His will, He pours more into our buckets than we can ever hope to imagine. He can fill us to overflowing with peace, with joy, with perfection, with Awesome. And then what do we do if our bucket is overflowing like that? Where does the Awesome go then?

Our capacity for joy and light increases. And we just keep working, one tiny drop at a time. And we don’t compare today’s drops to yesterday’s or tomorrow’s. And we live and we love and we repent when we do wrong and we allow ourselves to be glorious, beautiful, and dare I say perfect in Christ, children of God.

I believe in a God who loves us and roots for us and cheers for every Drop of Awesome we can manage. Our victories are His victories and He wants us to feel joy. Not later, when we no longer make mistakes, but right now.

Small and simple. Tiny drops. Go forth. Be Awesome.

Thank you, Kathryn. I think your post is truly a Drop of Awesome!


Jennifer Lovell said...

This is such an uplifting post (I read her full post, too). It seems like one I'd like to have scrawled across my bathroom mirror, so that I could read it every day and remember all the positive thinking. Thanks for sharing! Every time you share something uplifting, that's another drop of awesome for you!!

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite quotes. It's so easy to forget that we are on a path, and it's a progression, not a destination we're going to achieve in a day. Good reminder!