"I'm not afraid of trying and failing. I'm afraid of succeeding at the wrong things."
I found this quote in a talk by a pastor. It stuck in my mind, and I knew I had to write about it. In past blogs, I've written a lot about trying and failing and trying again. But I'd never thought about succeeding at the wrong things.
What are the wrong things in my life? Is wanting a child who doesn't live by our standards to change her ways the wrong thing? No. Is trying to force her to do that the wrong thing? Probably.
Is wanting a beautifully appointed house and manicured yard the wrong thing? No. Is sacrificing time with family and failing to obey the commandments in order to get those things the wrong thing? Definitely.
Do you have wrong things in your life? Are you working to succeed in them? Or are you working at the "right" things? What is right for someone else may not be right for you ... or me. That's where we rely on the Father's guidance and personal revelation.
So, for today, I am grateful for those times when I don't succeed at the wrong thing.