Oftentimes, We Fail To Recognize That It Isn’T Simply The

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Oftentimes, we fail to recognize that it isn’t simply the big things in life that matter. It is also the cumulative effect of small things that leads to our eternal destiny. Charles A. Hall described the following: “We sow our thoughts, and we reap our actions; we sow our actions, and we reap our habits; we sow our habits, and we reap our characters; we sow our characters, and we reap our destiny” (quoted in The Home Book of Quotations, sel. Burton Stevenson [1934], 845). So it is with finishing. As we decide whether or not we will finish something great or small, and as we act upon those thoughts, and as we develop a habit of finishing, it will ultimately determine our character – one know as a finisher, which will help lead us to our…show more content…
Then Satan said, “All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Matthew 4:9). Then Jesus responded, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Matthew 4:10). In this encounter with Satan, Jesus was able to persevere in the face of temptation. Toward the end of His mortal ministry, Jesus had to demonstrate much perseverance in the Garden of Gethsemane as He faced the final acts of finishing our salvation. Neal A. Maxwell talked about Christ’s impending sacrifice and said, “When the unimaginable burden began to weigh upon Christ, it confirmed His long-held and intellectually clear understanding as to what He must now do. His working through began, and Jesus declared: ‘Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour.’ Then, whether in spiritual soliloquy or by way of instruction to those about Him, He observed, ‘But for this cause came I unto this hour.’” (John 12:27.) Neal A. Maxwell provided further insight into the Savior’s suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane when he said, “…in Gethsemane, the suffering Jesus began to be “sore amazed,” or, in the Greek, “awestruck” and “astonished.” Imagine, Jehovah, the Creator of this and other worlds, “astonished”! Jesus knew cognitively what He must do, but not experientially. He had never
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