CHURCH TALK: A message of encouragement – something’s better than nothing

Friday 4 June 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features

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CHURCH TALK: A message of encouragement – something’s better than nothing
Saying a prayer, taking a moment to ponder, reading from scripture and reaching out to someone in need are ways to build relationship with God. churchofjesuschrist.org/21060313

Sometimes the enormity of the task in front of us is so daunting, so overwhelming, that getting started and staying with it can feel impossible, writes Angaroakau Williams – second counselor in the District Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

When our family moved back to Rarotonga at the end of 1987, we decided we would build us a house. At the time my first child was nearly two years old. We thought this would be a good opportunity to spend time together as a family. Our goal was to finish the house without a mortgage.

We did not have much to start with but enough to buy a few blocks. I got myself a job at a New Zealand building company that was here on Rarotonga. At the time I did not know much about building a house. After coming home from my job, my wife and I started digging the foundation while our son played in the dirt. We were having a great time.

Then things started to slow down during 1988 when my wife was carrying our second child. It seemed like we would never accomplish our goal. But we recommitted, she kept passing the blocks and little by little we managed to finish the foundation and block walls and some plumbing.

After two years of doing a little by little, we managed to put the roof on and we were so excited and straight away we moved in with no doors and windows. Our motto became: Doing something each day is better than doing nothing.

Sometimes the enormity of the task in front of us is so daunting, so overwhelming, that getting started and staying with it can feel impossible. Certainly, most of life’s difficult challenges and trials are much more rigorous than building a house. But the same principle applies: Doing something is better than doing nothing.

Of course, in some circumstances, nothing is better than something. For example, there are times when a tense situation is better handled with silence and restraint, which are always better than saying or doing something in anger. But when it comes to improving ourselves or accomplishing a goal, even though we can’t do everything all at once, we can do something regularly, and that’s better than doing nothing.

I have applied this motto to my physical health. Three times a week, I take a walk up the hospital road, stretch a bit, and keep on walking. I have my physical limits, but I don’t let that stop me from doing something each week. Occasionally I meet up with my friends Tutai Pere and Harry Harry and we wave or stop and talk. What an awesome time.

For others of us, it may not be a body but a relationship that needs strengthening. Here too, some small step toward healing is almost always better than doing nothing. And if that relationship we want to build is with God, there are many meaningful steps available: saying a prayer, taking a moment to ponder, reading from scripture, reaching out to someone in need. All of these small and simple efforts yield great results over time.

So when you feel like a task is too big, remember that putting it off for another day won’t make it any smaller. Progress comes by doing something, and that’s better than doing nothing.

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