Good, Better, Best

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Today, I'm going to deviate a bit from the art of writing and post something that came to me a couple of weeks ago.

In church we had a lesson about the principle of choosing. It was titled, “Good, Better, Best.” It was about how to make correct choices in our lives when we have several good alternatives, some alternatives being better than others, and some being the best options.

In his book, Spiritual Roots of Human Relations, Stephen R. Covey states, “By obedience to the principles and the ordinances of the eternal gospel of Jesus Christ, man will gradually become a ‘partaker of the divine nature’ and will feel comfort and confidence in the presence of his Eternal Father and his Elder Brother, the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the purpose of life. It all may be summarized in another way – growth toward Godhood.”

He goes on to say, “In life man is immersed in various kinds of values: physical, social, material, family, spiritual. Life can be seen as a series of alternative choices within these value systems. Many times man finds himself in conflicting situations where he must choose to accept one value, and, by so doing, he knowingly or unknowingly rejects another.

“This choosing process is the growth process. If a man loves God more than pleasures, he will grow to become like God. If he loves his worldly pleasures more than God, he will choose and grow in another direction.”

Good, better, or best. Sometimes we have to make choices within these values. How do we decide?

Later on, Covey says, “Through continued faithfulness, sin gradually loses its pull and attractiveness, and man loses all desire for anything but continued service to mankind and obedience to higher and higher laws of the gospel.”

In other words, as we obey God’s commands, we will learn to wisely choose the best.

I pray we will all learn to make correct choices in our lives.
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Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a "Prune Picker," though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

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Published: Thursday, January 31, 2008

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  1. That was powerful Paul! I'm learning through you, how to blog! I like that you blogged about something other than Port Costa and your book... although I love reading about those things too!

  2. Hey Sis. Thanks.

    Keep reading. I'll get to the book eventually, but I can't say too much about it yet, not until it sells.