Living in the latter days, we can “take a step higher” by engaging in acts of preparation, generosity, and faith.
Do you ever feel discontent with your eternal progression as you strive to be one with Christ? Feelings of frustration and inadequacy can lead us to believe that we are not enough for the tasks set before us—like we’re impostors. While these feelings can be difficult, there is good reason for enduring through them. In her talk “Divine Discontent,” Sister Michelle D. Craig, the first counselor in the Young Women’s General Presidency, explains that “divine discontent can move us to act in faith, follow the Savior’s invitations to do good, and give our lives humbly to Him.”
Heavenly Father sees us for who we can become. He knows that we have weaknesses, and he promises to strengthen those weaknesses as they humble us and turn us to Christ, as we rely on Christ’s grace. By accepting our feelings of discontent as signposts of progress, we can “take a step higher” (Sister Craig, quoting President Russell M. Nelson) to feeling more comfortable and capable. We will have a greater capacity for change as we strive to become like our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ, who has “overcome the world” (John 16:33).
As we strive to develop our mortal experience into a life well lived, we will find that acknowledging our weaknesses becomes second nature. I know that I have felt more generosity toward others—and toward myself—as I have accepted my shortcomings and strengthened my faith in Christ. I now accept moments of discord as a way to see where I’ve been and where I’m going. When I am true to my relationship with Christ, I can never really be an impostor. Knowing this enables me to heed President Nelson’s call to “take a step higher.”
Read Sister Michelle D. Craig’s general conference talk “Divine Discontent” to learn more about how you can endure feelings of discontentment, “take a step higher,” and work toward a life well lived.
—Matthew Lee Tyler, Latter-day Saint Insights
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Take a look at the article “‘The Lord’s Message Is for Everyone’: President Nelson Talks about Global Tour” by Tad Walch to learn more about what it means to “take a step higher.” This article first appeared in the Deseret News on April 12, 2018.
Make sure to read Neal A. Maxwell’s Ensign article “Becoming a Disciple” to learn more about taking Christ’s yoke upon us. In this article, Elder Maxwell presents a road map for becoming content as an eternal being in a mortal experience. Sister Craig builds on Elder Maxwell’s article in her talk “Divine Discontent.”
I vaguely remember this talk, but I think divine discontent is something I should study in more depth. Thanks, Matt!
Thanks Anessa! I agree, I too need more time studying this principle.