The Journey Begins

Hello All,

And welcome to the first installment of our weekly devotions/blog. Each week there will be a new topic to read, view, reflect and react to. Some weeks it’ll be a video, others it’ll be an article or a picture, or some combination of material. I chose to do a blog, because I felt it’ll be the best way for everyone to share openly and honestly without having endless emails back and forth. I ask you to please be patient with me, as I figure out this site and work out all of the kinks.

As we get settled back into our routine activities and schedules, the adventures and lessons of spec can often seem like just a dream. These devotions will hopefully serve as a constant connection to that community. We will walk together in community, despite being across the country from each other. Some post will challenge you, inspire you and may confuse you. Do not be afraid.

As Doctrine and Covenants 164: 5 says:

“5 It is imperative to understand that when you are truly baptized into Christ you become part of a new creation. By taking on the life and mind of Christ, you increasingly view yourselves and others from a changed perspective. Former ways of defining people by economic status, social class, sex, gender, or ethnicity no longer are primary. Through the gospel of Christ a new community of tolerance, reconciliation, unity in diversity, and love is being born as a visible sign of the coming reign of God.”

Though we may have different opinions, lifestyle preferences, privileges, dreams, and so much more, we are truly one community in love and in Christ.

Though I ask you to share honestly and openly, I ask you also to be respectful of the views and experiences of others. I encourage each of you to share your experiences throughout the year so that we are constantly aware of things to pray for and to celebrate.

You will find our class photo posted as well.

The question to reflect on this week is simply: What at spec, were you able to let go of? How are you starting new now, with presence, love, and bravery?

Let Go

To let go doesn’t mean to stop caring; it means I can´t do it for someone else.

To let go is not to cut myself off; it’s the realization that I can´t control another.

To let go is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences.

To let go is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands.

To let go is not to try to change or blame another; I can change only myself.

To let go is not to care for, but to care about.

To let go is not to fix, but to be supportive.

To let go is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being.

To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their own outcomes.

To let go is not to be protective; it is to permit another to face reality.

To let go is not to deny, but to accept.

To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes and to cherish the moment.

To let go is not to nag, scold, or argue, but to search out my own shortcomings and to correct them.

To let go is not to criticize and regulate anyone, but to try to become what I dream I can be.

To let go is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.

To let go is to fear less and love more.

Our combined efforts, stories, love and community and truly make a difference in this world.

We will also have a “hashtag” or #, for social media, Facebook, twitter, or Instagram. Ours will be connections across the nation, or #connectionsacrossthenation

This way we can all share the good news that our loving community can provide.

Until our next post,

Grace and Peace,

Damon

P.S. If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, I can be reached at drstthomas@gmail.com

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