You have potential like a kite. And when anchored to a positive source on the ground, we can soar.
If we let ourselves.
This was the message given by Diane Strong-Krause, BYU department chair of linguistics and English language at the BYU Devotional on Tuesday, June 2.
"We see your diligence, determination and daring to bring about good in the world, which fills us with hope for the present and for the future," Strong-Krause said, encouraging all to soar up to their potentials, and not let their kites fall back down to the ground.
To reach one's potential, the natural man must be forgotten. We cannot let ourselves or others stand in the way of happiness, she said. One way to leave the natural man, who encourages selfishness, discouragement and fear, is to anchor to something good. And although there are many good things in this life, one of the most powerful anchors is knowledge and security in who you really are.
Strong-Krause pointed out that when we understand our true selves, we are able to see our divine potential, see the divine potential of others, be more willing to forgive, give and receive more freely and recognize love from Heavenly Father.
"Make every effort to connect with your true self, your spiritual self, for when you are securely anchored with this understanding, you can better negotiate this life in many ways," Strong-Krause said.
The true self is not fearful. And the true self has an eternal perspective. As one see's through true eyes they can see themselves and others as Heavenly Father sees them - spiritual sons and daughters of God, which can fill the soul with joy, peace and the love of Christ.
Strong-Krause said that as one reaches their full potential, with a perspective from the true self, each mortal experience can become spiritual one. And every individual will be able to better understand that they are a beloved son or daughter of their Heavenly Father, who can do great, and hard, things.
"I encourage you to soar, and be not afraid to meet your full potential, and to seek out and make your unique contribution to humanity," Strong-Krause said.
Next Week's Devotional
The next BYU Devotional address will be held on Tuesday, June 9, at 11:05 a.m., in the de Jong Concert Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Center. Jeffrey Hill, BYU associate professor of Family Life, will deliver an address entitled "Money Matters: Living Joyfully with Your Means."
Hill will discuss practical ways to successfully manage finances to claim joy in your family relationships, and will advocate a "get rich slowly" plan for investing.
His remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, BYUtv.org, KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio.
Writer: Jenna Randle