He Turned Him About – Alma 32:4-7

4 Now, as Alma was teaching and speaking unto the people upon the hill Onidah, there came a great multitude unto him, who were those of whom we have been speaking, of whom were poor in heart, because of their poverty as to the things of the world.
5 And they came unto Alma; and the one who was the foremost among them said unto him: Behold, what shall these my brethren do, for they are despised of all men because of their poverty, yea, and more especially by our priests; for they have cast us out of our synagogues which we have labored abundantly to build with our own hands; and they have cast us out because of our exceeding poverty; and we have no place to worship our God; and behold, what shall we do?
6 And now when Alma heard this, he turned him about, his face immediately towards him, and he beheld with great joy; for he beheld that their afflictions had truly humbled them, and that they were in a preparation to hear the word.
7 Therefore he did say no more to the other multitude; but he stretched forth his hand, and cried unto those whom he beheld, who were truly penitent…

An important aspect of goal setting is adjusting our tactics as circumstances change. Alma’s goal was clear: to help the Zoramites repent of their sinful behavior. His actions at the beginning of this passage–preaching the gospel to a skeptical audience–were consistent with that goal but were not working very well. When he was approached by a group of humble seekers of truth, he immediately stopped talking to the non-receptive group and turned his attention to this new audience. He was prepared to adjust as circumstances changed because he was committed to the goal, not to the plan.
Today, I will maintain my focus on achieving my goals. I will adjust my activities as my circumstances change, recognizing that I can’t always foresee how I will accomplish my goals, but I can maintain my commitment to achieving them.
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