Fools Mock – Ether 12:23-26

23 And I said unto him: Lord, the Gentiles will mock at these things, because of our weakness in writing; for Lord thou hast made us mighty in word by faith, but thou hast not made us mighty in writing; for thou hast made all this people that they could speak much, because of the Holy Ghost which thou hast given them;
24 And thou hast made us that we could write but little, because of the awkwardness of our hands. Behold, thou hast not made us mighty in writing like unto the brother of Jared, for thou madest him that the things which he wrote were mighty even as thou art, unto the overpowering of man to read them. 

25 Thou hast also made our words powerful and great, even that we cannot write them; wherefore, when we write we behold our weakness, and stumble because of the placing of our words; and I fear lest the Gentiles shall mock at our words.

26 And when I had said this, the Lord spake unto me, saying: Fools mock, but they shall mourn; and my grace is sufficient for the meek, that they shall take no advantage of your weakness;

I see two lessons in these verses:

  1. Don’t make fun of people. It might make you feel clever, but it’s an illusion. Ridiculing others is easy. Inspiring them and building them up is far more difficult, and far more rewarding. If you spend time and energy tearing other people down, you will be miserable.
  2. Don’t stop doing good things because you fear ridicule. People will criticize you. You can’t help that. If you fail to act simply because you fear condemnation, then you will never know the joy of success and the satisfaction of a job well done. Criticism can be helpful, if it encourages you to do better work. But if it discourages you and makes you want to quit, then you need to ignore it.
Today, I will seek to build people up and to help them accomplish their goals. And I will do the best work I can, ignoring the risk that my efforts will be criticized.
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