Last week, while I was in Utah, I had the opportunity to attend a class with the theme of changing the desires of our hearts. This subject was of special interest to me. (Confession time again: sometimes the desires of my heart are just plain bad. Sometimes I want to hurt people who have wronged me or my family. I want them to hurt as I have been hurt.)
The speaker gave four steps to help change those wayward desires:
- Pray with special attention to gratitude. Ask for very little.
- Tell the Father, "All I want is what Thou wants."
- Ask, "What would Thou have me do today?"
- Listen for promptings and then act on them.
These steps appear very simple. I tried them and found, not entirely to my surprise, that they are anything but simple. They require strength. They require wisdom. Most importantly, they require the humility to put the Father's wishes above my own.
Like anything other worthwhile thing, they will take time and effort to put into practice. Will I succeed? I don't know. But I intend to try.
So, for today, I am grateful for the opportunity to learn new ways and to try ... again.