Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Charity

Okay so I meant to do an inspirational post yesterday but I was really busy making a dust ruffle so I'm doing it late. But next week I'll do it on Monday.

I just want to share one of my favorite quotes. I have it glued to the inside of one of my sets of scriptures. It is by Marvin K. Ashton, who died in 1994. Everytime I read it, I know have more to work on.

“We often equate charity with visiting the sick, taking in casseroles to those in need, or sharing our excess with those who are less fortunate. But really, true charity is much, much more.
“Real charity is not something you give away; it is something that you acquire and make a part of yourself. And when the virtue of charity becomes implanted in your heart, you are never the same again. …

“Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended. … Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other” (“The Tongue Can Be a Sharp Sword,” Ensign, May 1992, 18–19).
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I feel like since I first put this quote in my scriptures, that I have come a long way. I am slowly getting better. But I know I still have a lot of obstacles to overcome, or just I'm still working on this charity thing. That is why I have to read this quote often. I have to remind myself what my goal is, and that I'm on the Lord's side.

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