Our Power to Choose
May 2019

Our Power to Choose

When we take responsibility for our choices and rely upon God to direct us, we are blessed in many temporal and spiritual ways.

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One of the greatest gifts our Father in Heaven has given to each of us is the power to choose. Making correct choices is all about taking personal responsibility for our actions. And that sometimes requires humility. We need to occasionally spend time asking ourselves if we are sufficiently humble, and then we need to ask our Heavenly Father which choices will be best for us. When we rely on Him to help us make choices, we are blessed with extra insights. And when we follow the direction He gives us, we are strengthened in our efforts and in our faith.

Here are ways you can more effectively take responsibility for your choices:

  1. Pray to understand the choices before you and then pray to know which choice is the best for you and your family.

  2. Choose to keep the commandments—your faith will grow as you do. Pray to know what you need to repent of.

  3. Know that your righteous choices bless other around you, including those at work. AS you follow the spirit, not only will your family be blessed, but those you work with will be influenced for good as well.

  4. Be confident that the Lord will lead you to the place that’s best for you.

As you strive to take personal responsibility for your choices, these four guidelines will help you:

  1. Don’t blame others.

  2. Don’t make excuses.

  3. Apologize when you make mistakes.

  4. Let go of the past and move on.

At the end of the day, ask yourself this question: “What could I have done better today?” President Henry B. Eyring has kept a daily journal most of his life that mainly records spiritual directions and ways he wants to improve in his life. When we reread our thoughts from the past, we are reminded of how the Lord has blessed us, we recognize lessons we have learned, and we see our progress.

There is one last aspect of personal responsibility that is miraculous—it leads to a deeper sense of happiness. This works in a seemingly counterintuitive way. When we take responsibility for our actions in a righteous way, we surrender our will to God. By recognizing that He is in charge, we are more willing to move on from our failures, learn the lessons we are supposed to, and be content—even in the face of challenges.