Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday moments, on Monday

Yesterday I was very captivated by the High Council speaker we had in church. He made some excellent points and I walked away feeling inspired. He brought up the fact that many people seek spiritual guidance from their leaders without trying to change any of their behaviors first, such as making sure they are saying their daily prayers and reading the scriptures. Which reminded me of a piece of flair I saw on Facebook:I am a firm believer in helping those that help themselves, which I feel is the inspiration behind our church welfare system.

The speaker also reminded me to take control & responsibility of my own salvation. I have often heard of people complaining about different teachers at church, whether they are boring, they don't like the way they present the lesson, or they disagree with everything they say...but is that really the attitude we need to have? Only you can decide what you are going to take from a lesson, even if it is just a peaceful atmosphere.

And here is a poem that the speaker shared, which I had never heard before, but appreciate it more everytime I read it!

Invictus by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

5 comments:

blueviolet said...

That really does make perfect sense. I think with an open spirit and heart, we can do so much more. Everything starts us, including change. Love your Sunday/Monday thoughts!

Wyatt said...

Love that poem. I had that on a binder in high school.

I also like, "Life is hard. It's even harder if you're stupid."
John Wayne.

Kristina P. said...

That is a great poem, Mary. Sounds like a good speaker!

Queenie Jeannie said...

Amen!!

Thinking about you!

Braden said...

My all-time favorite poem! Especially the last stanza.