The Unsteadiness of the Hearts of the Children of Men – Helaman 12:1-3

1 And thus we can behold how false, and also the unsteadiness of the hearts of the children of men; yea, we can see that the Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless and prosper those who put their trust in him.
2 Yea, and we may see at the very time when he doth prosper his people, yea, in the increase of their fields, their flocks and their herds, and in gold, and in silver, and in all manner of precious things of every kind and art; sparing their lives, and delivering them out of the hands of their enemies; softening the hearts of their enemies that they should not declare wars against them; yea, and in fine, doing all things for the welfare and happiness of his people; yea, then is the time that they do harden their hearts, and do forget the Lord their God, and do trample under their feet the Holy One—yea, and this because of their ease, and their exceedingly great prosperity.
3 And thus we see that except the Lord doth chasten his people with many afflictions, yea, except he doth visit them with death and with terror, and with famine and with all manner of pestilence, they will not remember him.

In this passage, Mormon concisely describes a pattern which is sometimes called the cycle of righteousness and wickedness. As I’ve read it in the past, I’ve focused on that pattern: the Lord blesses the righteous, which leads to pride and wickedness, which results in afflictions and chastening. However, today, I’m thinking about one word at the beginning of the passage: unsteadiness. The entire cycle would be broken if people could learn to be more steady, more reliable, less prone to change direction as their circumstances change.
I love the following couplet from the poem “If—” by Rudyard Kipling:

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

I would like to be a person who can be trusted to do the right thing, regardless of the circumstances I may find myself in. Today, I will ponder my actions over time and think about how I can be more consistent. In particular, I will consider how I can avoid becoming sloppy and complacent when things are going well. I will recommit to being a person whom the Lord can trust to be steady.

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