Thursday, July 7, 2011

"Your Potential, Your Privilege" -- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

President Uchtdorf begins with an astounding story. He said there was a man who dreamed to sail the Mediterranean on a cruise ship, so he saved up all his money for his ticket. But he used every last penny he had on the ticket, so he knew he could not eat all the delicious food on board or participate in all the fun activities.

He packed a whole suitcase full of canned beans and crackers and mostly stayed in his room. He only came out to see the cities of the Mediterranean that he had forever dreamed to see.

On the last night of the cruise, a crew member came to his room and asked which farewell party he would be attending. The young man replied that he could not afford to go to any of them. That is when the crew member informed him that this was an all-inclusive cruise and all the food and entertainment on-board was included in the price of his ticket.

"Too late the man realized that he had been living far beneath his privileges."

That story makes me cringe! However, what should really make me cringe is the realization that I, as well as many of us, are living far below our privileges.

Again, as in every other conference talk this April, Uchtdorf makes a call to action. He says:

"somewhere between the hearing, the writing of a reminder on our smartphone, and the actual doing, our 'do it' switch gets rotated to the 'later' position. Brethren [and sisters!] let's make sure to set our 'do it' switch always to the 'now' position!"

As members of the church, and simply as human beings and children of God, we have so many blessings and privileges. Heavenly Father wants us to reach out and also bless the lives of others. It is when we serve and contribute that the light of Christ truly shines forth and we then know that we are living up to our privileges.

I know that there is so much out there for me to give and to grow. My "ticket" here on earth included a loving family, quality education, and amazing people who surround me with understanding and friendship. But I also know it includes so much more, and I need to discover what that is before it is too late.

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