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
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.