The title of this post sums up most of my thoughts. Last night, I was running on the elliptical machine at the Rec Center. I was trying to find a point to focus on. I am right in front of some windows that overlook the big pool down below. I decided to focus on a point in the ceiling beams right in front of me.
I started thinking about my Grandpa Merkley who passed away 5 years ago this August. And I started running with the thought in mind, "Grandpa I am coming." (no, I do not have a death wish). I just was excited thinking about someday being with my Grandpa again and wanting to live my life in such a way to be worthy of the love and mercy of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. And to have the blessing of being with my family forever.
I kept noticing that the heart rate on the monitor kept beeping but I was in the running zone and did not pay much attention to it. A couple minutes later I looked down and saw that my heart rate had gotten all the way up to 175 beats per minute. YIKES!
I compare this too life. Sometimes we get going too fast or have anxiety over our long to do list and all of our imperfections. We end up tripping over our own feet or running ourselves into the ground. Heavenly Father is often infinitely more patient with us than we are with ourselves. He wants us to change and become better people. And often the changing is the hard part. While his divine love and help, he empowers us and forgives freely.
At church on Sunday, in Relief Society, our women's meeting, a sister got up to bear her testimony and said something I just loved. She said, it is not so much the destination or the end result but the process/the living that is important. Definitely something to think about while keeping an eternal perspective in mind. The process is what refines us; the process is the purpose of life; and the end result comes because of the process not in spite of it.
SLOW DOWN, HEAVEN CAN WAIT. ALSO, SLOW DOWN, HEAVEN IS WAITING.