this is shaping up to be a summer of service. is there anything sweeter?
a few months ago we went to a friend's house to help with a huge cleanup project. we must have taken 7 or 8 truck loads to the dump. my family came out to help, including my parents, and everybody worked their buns off. later my mom shared with me an exchange she'd had with my dad after we called it quits for the day...
mom: well, i worked hard today. but i didn't work as hard as megan.
dad: nobody works as hard as megan
that is going to stick with me forever. what a compliment from my dear dad.
i come from a long line of women who work pretty dang hard. and it looks like we've got another live one...
evy hauled an enormous amount of wood the other day with cheerful vigor. the boys helped for a bit and ran off as expected of any child. evy stayed until the work was done, insisting on working without breaks. it left us all with our jaws on the floor.
on the flip side of being a hard worker comes the tendency to be pretty tough on myself when i fall short of my best. also runs in the family. so i came across the most beautiful speech on this very topic, yes! it is magnificent! fabulous! the best news i've heard all month! and i can't stop thinking about it.
here it is: becoming perfect in Christ by Elder Gerrit R. Gong
it's a must read if you've ever struggled with perfectionism or if you have desire to do good and be good that causes anxiety over every lost opportunity or mistake.
hooray for timely doctrine and advice!