Monday, July 15, 2019

Discouragement's Dirty Little Words

The story goes that Satan went into his garage one day and noticed that everything was a complete mess. He couldn’t find what he was looking for because there were so many rusty tools lying around cluttering up the place.
Satan decided on a solution. He would have a garage sale. He cleaned up his old tools and offered them at a discount price for other devils to purchase. Some tools sold right away—for example, the hammer of hatred, the wrench of fear, and the clamp of addiction. They were very popular items.
When he was asked why he was selling off so many of his tools, Satan explained that he had decided to concentrate on his favorite tool. The wedge of discouragement. Satan boasted about it, saying, “With this one tool I can inflict major damage. Discouragement works wonders every time—even when nothing else will. It can bring misery every time.”
Then Satan, using his favorite tool, went about whispering lies. “You are worthless,” “You never do anything right,” “Give up,” “No one cares about you,” and “You can never change.” Sadly, many good people believed him.
But you don't have to.
You are where you are for a reason. Find that reason. Make the most of it. Polish your talents and make them shine.
This is from an address given by Larry R. Lawrence at Brigham Young University. You can read the entire talk here.

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