Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What do you do Tuesdays at 11?

One of the best things about BYU is the Tuesday devotionals.  They are simply amazing.  Today's devotional was given by Jeff Wilks, and it was wonderful.  He talked about staying positive and gave five different lessons on how to stay positive.  I know that positivity in our fast paced world today is important, but as I learned in my human development class, the more optimistic you are, the happier you will be.  And while one might respond with "well duh," how do you stay positive?   Well let's look at Brother Wilks' rules.
1) Righteous does not mean perfection.  Brother Wilks pointed out that while we have been commanded by Christ to be perfect (Matthew 5:48) we cannot obtain perfection in this life, thus making perfection the enemy of righteousness.  So rather than strive for complete perfection, strive to be righteous.
2) Keep trying always. Don't give up, as you continue to try your attitude will change making things easier and worth it in the end.  Life isn't always about overcoming challenges, but getting up again when knocked down.
3) Keep your eyes on God. He's always there, it's our job to look.
4) Heavenly Father's approval is the only approval that matters. Why are people always focused on what other's think? My nutrition teacher furthered this idea when he shared John 8:29.
5) Look for and remember Joy in your life. Take time each day and think "have I seen the hand of the God in my life today?"  When you think back over the day, you're realize things that you never would of, and  you understanding and appreciation of little miracles, coincidences and other daily incidents will increase.
I challenge you to think about you life and about how positive you are in life.  Elbert Hubbard was wise when he stated "do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."  Enjoy life by being positive, it's much more fun that way.

Other past devotionals have been thought provoking too.  I really enjoyed Sister Samuelson's a couple weeks ago (read it here) or Elder Snow's (here).  If you ever want to read or listen to the devotionals you can look them up at BYU speeches, though they take a couple weeks before the text is up.  You can also watch them live at BYU TV.  Every week at 11, take a break and be enlightened.  It makes your week better.

And on a side note...
Saturday Night

Tuesday night
Have I told you how much I LOVE the BYU art's programs?  The choir showcase was on my $2 pass and was incredible (and I had a friend in Men's Chorus which was awesome!).  The women's chorus sang a beautiful rendition of Poor Wayfaring Stranger, and then there was the unique to sing the Lord's prayer with the Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus, the BYU Singers and the Concert Chorus.  It was incredible.  That's all I can really say.  The American Piano Quartet tonight was also super cool.  Unfortunately it was not on the art's card (they should add more to be under the $2 range, haha) but watching four people play two pianos was amazing.  We also got to hear the BYU quartet and they played flight of the bumblebee, which was really cool.  I love being able to culture myself :)

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