Thursday, November 4, 2010

Know who you are.

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"Those who drive steamrollers should know who they are," my choir director told us a month ago at the beginning of rehearsal. "But really, every one of us drives a steamroller. You may not have a powerful influence in my life, but what about your roommate's life, or your little brother's life, or your best friend's life? Remember that you drive a steamroller."

Some days, I fervently wish that I did not drive a steamroller. Sometimes I am afraid of my influence and of the consequences of my actions. Sometimes I feel that which ever direction I turn I am going to crumple someone's arm or leg or foot, and that whatever decision I make, I will always hurt or frustrate someone who has trusted me. Life is so painful and so messy that I go crazy wishing it could be another way.

But to ask God to give me a bicycle instead of a steamroller would be asking Him to make me something less than what He has designed me to be, and to ask for an easier life would be asking Him  to change His eternal plan of happiness.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf recently counseled us to "trust your Heavenly Father. Trust Him enough to follow His plan."   

All I can do is try my best and ask the Lord to help me embrace the role He has given me as a steamroller operator.
I know He will help me learn this in time, for His love does miraculous, beautiful, transforming things. 


"A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for." -Elder Claudio R.M. Costa


  1. thanks for this post! I definitely forget that I definitely DO affect the lives of other people, and that brings with it some responsibility but also some satisfaction in knowing that by being an example and seeking to help those around us is appreciated in ways me may never know.

  2. i love your blog! it's always so inspiring. btw, my blog went private, so if you want to put in a request or send me your e-mail i'll add you

  3. Just remember some of us like the feeling of being squashed flat every once in a while and that is why we hang out with the steamrollers in life and not the unicycle riders......I'm just sayin'.