Emily Belle Freeman



Every Day Better

A Little Better Day by Day - Lorenzo Snow Chapter 6

I have mentioned this before, but in December I got really sick.  So sick I couldn't get out of bed.  Days passed by, and then weeks, and even months.  I wondered if I would ever be well again.

During that time I met with a team of doctors who did everything in their power to help.

But each told me it would be a slow process of recovery.

Patience is not one of my gifts.

One afternoon my aunt called and during our conversation she said, "You wish you had gotten the 24 hour flu, but you didn't and you are going to have to resolve your mind to the fact that you are going to have to be patient."

It wasn't news I wanted to hear.

After a particularly discouraging week I turned to my scriptures.  I read a line in Mosiah that jumped right out at me, "and it came to pass that they began to prosper by degrees."  (Mosiah 21:16)

I became fascinated by the  concept...I had wanted to become better all at once.

Right now.

But the longer the days and weeks went on I realized I couldn't look forward to the day I would be completely healthy again, I needed to look for the small successes, the prospering by degree.

A good friend called and gave a suggestion that really helped.  He said, "Pretend you are on a hike.  Instead of focusing on the peak you are trying to get to, look back at your truck and see how far you have come."

For days I carried around in my mind the image of the truck.  I came up with a catchphrase I would say to myself over and over throughout the day, "every day better."

Rather than looking forward, I looked backward to see how far I had come.

It made a huge difference in the healing process.

Sometimes it is hard to see the growth, the progression, the getting better.

Maybe it is health we struggle with.  Perhaps we have a weakness that holds us back.  What is it you would like to do better in your life?  Lorenzo Snow talks about this prospering by degree.  He explains that each of us grows from childhood to adulthood with a constant growth, but we cannot tell how or when the growth occurs.  We do not even realize that we are growing day to day.  It is the same with our spiritual growth, "We grow and increase.  We are not aware of it at the moment; but after a year or so we discover that we are, so to speak, away up the hill, nearing the mountain top." (Lorenzo Snow)

Every Day Better.

I love the encouragement President Snow gives us, "the Lord never has, nor will He require things of His children which it is impossible for them to perform."

Just the thought of that makes any challenge seem a little easier to face head on.

It doesn't matter what we struggle with in life, the Lord will help us perform in such a way that we can make it through, so that every day we are better than the day before.

On our quest to become like Him, He will be there to guide us through.  There may be painful moments, mistakes along the way, and even days where we wonder if we have made any progress at all.  But if our goal is to be every day better, then all we need to do is look back and see how far we have come.

"My friends, there is an opportunity for you to become great ––just as great as you wish to be.  In starting out in life you may set your hearts upon things very difficult to attain to, but possibly within your reach.  In your first efforts to gratify your desires you may fail, and your continued efforts may not prove what may be termed a success.  But inasmuch as your efforts were honest efforts, and inasmuch as your desires were founded in righteousness, the experience you obtain while pursuing your hearts' desires must necessarily be profitable to you, and even your mistakes, if mistakes you make, will be turned to your advantage."  (Lorenzo Snow.)

I love knowing our mistakes will be turned to our advantage, if our goal is to be better every day.

"Do not expect to become perfect at once.  If you do, you will be disappointed.

Be better today than you were yesterday,

and be better tomorrow than you are today." (Lorenzo Snow)

Every Day Better.

Deliberate Discipleship:

I love the counsel Lorenzo Snow gives at the end of the lesson, "Each last day or each last week should be the best that we have ever experienced, that is, we should advance ourselves a little every day, in knowledge and wisdom, and in the ability to accomplish good.  As we grow older we should live nearer the Lord each following day."

How could you live neared the Lord today?  Could you advance in knowledge, wisdom, or in your ability to accomplish good?

What is one thing you could do better today?