Here is one of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis - "It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit..."
Not only are others with whom we interact every day of our lives destined to be immortals and perfected beings, but we ourselves are also such. -Mark Ammons
Keeping sight of who we are and who we can become in the light of the gospel tells us what our worth is and keeps us from comparing ourselves to others. We don't want to be "just like someone else"! We should simply want to be the best "us" we can become! -Mark Ammons
One of the most challenging teachings of Jesus Christ for those who have chosen the path of discipleship is found in the Sermon on the Mount when Jesus, as recorded by Matthew, says: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Our incomplete understanding of the term perfect has led so many in this dispensation to give up or throw in the towel with statements like "I can never be perfect, so what's the use trying?" or "I guess I'm just destined to never make it back home to Father because I will never be good enough." Statements and feelings such as these are NOT from God, rather from the adversary!
The Greek translation of perfect means complete, finished, or fully developed - NOT free of blemish, error-free, having no mistakes or flaws. The adversary uses and will continue to use self-doubt, harsh self-criticism, and self-recrimination to blur our vision of what and who we can become. We must always understand who we are and who and what we can become according to GOD'S perception, NOT the world's perception.
We must keep the properly prioritized perspective! These need to be our guiding principles:
We are children of Heavenly Father who loves us and only wants us to have joy and succeed in what He has asked us to do and return to Him.
When we are baptized, we become disciples of Jesus Christ. By entering the path of discipleship, a path that is not always easy, we are promised that He will be there to help us every step of the way.
As disciples, our singular goal must be to help bring others to Him. EVERYTHING WE DO should be centered upon sharing His light with those around us and throughout the world.
When we focus on seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness, EVERYTHING WILL WORK TOGETHER FOR OUR GOOD! -Mark Ammons
Remember what your practicing is for and focus on that.
You are practicing to improve upon the talents your Father gave you so that you can use them to glorify Him and let His light shine through you!
Self-doubt and fear are NOT of God - they are tools of the adversary he uses to undermine our eternal goals and perspective! -Mark Ammons
Finding proper balance in life is a challenge we all face. Maintaining the 3 Ps (properly prioritized perspective) is the surest way to finding proper balance.
Ask Heavenly Father "what is good enough?" then listen to His answer and work toward that goal - NOT what the world would say is good enough.
Avoiding burnout comes through the 3 Ps. When we focus on building God's kingdom, all other things fall into place.
It is often okay to simply place the "less-important" things in a safe place so you can make the time to take care of yourself.
Saying yes to every gig or "opportunity" that comes along is NOT healthy and will lead to burnout and/or lack of proper focus. -Mark Ammons
In the end, there are only two sets of expectations that really matter. The first is God’s for each of us, individually, and the second is ours for ourselves. Our primary goal in this life should be to align our expectations with God’s. We can only achieve this through constant and diligent effort and prayer. Once we achieve this alignment, life’s difficulties and challenges are easier to overcome and we achieve a level of peace and joy that pervades all we say and do. -Mark Ammons