20 May 2008

The Hammock Revelation


  This is my hammock revelation. Okay so this is a bit personal but not really, ever since 
I was a greenie I would receive this great revelation in the bathroom. My trainer would tell me an investigators problem and I’ve received the inspiration during planning session with close to 64 ounces of water.
Often times, I take my thoughts with me and come out of the bathroom with clean hands and a resolved concern. Well that hasn’t been the case since I’ve been home, it doesn’t come as fast and it doesn’t stay as long and it seems I have to ponder it more. I think because they are my own concerns and Heavenly Father knows that I need to put in more sweat and energy to receive the answers to the questions of the soul.
So in conjunction with this hammock related thought I must tell you the reason I always pay these forward. I used to be the type of person and still sometimes am a coveter of my own ideas. This never fails to backfire. I used to bury my treasures, or spiritual insights, but I learned thankfully early on to share them, which deepened my understanding: line upon line, percept upon percept. I was stunting my growth and others because I never shared revelation I received when the majority of the time it was always for the benefit of others. That natural man, selfish character got the best of one. But I feel like this one relates, let me know what you think, your added revelation and insight. Don't ever Covet your own ideas, you will be less likely to receive more.... SHARE and GROW
So often we hear the phrase “People Pleaser” There are parts of me that emulate that and I’m trying to change that for one particular reason. It isn’t bad to have a desire to make others happy. But do we really do it because we have the desire or the desire is evoke from the wants and or needs of others. Does it begin with us or what people expect of us? There is definitely a balance needed on my own life. It is so clearly vivid to me when I look back on the past, the more time I spent investing my will to others desires, the less time naturally I able to focus on Heavenly Father’s will for me. I look back and see how much my character changed for the worse because I was doing what others demanded or wanted opposed to my Father in Heaven. It’s a loyalty shift I’m talking about, is it happening in your life? No answer needed just something I had to ask myself. I feel like the more we give in to others, our loyalty is distant from God, which slowly changes who we are. Another reason for the scriptural phrase: Your loyalty is first to the Lord, your mission President and your companion.
As we come to know God, our Eternal Father, Jesus Christ and the directive Holy Ghost, we will be guided in the correct manner to bind our will to others. They will guide us through opportunities to please others, emotionally and spiritually. It has been many interesting events that have led me to realize the reality and consequence of choice on every level and aspect of our lives. But also how important it is to me to be loyal to God first.
It strikes me to comprehend how protective a particular commandment can become. Protecting us until we really know what we need and want out of life and others. It is one of the strongest blessing we can claim in this life from it's obedience. Because He understands ALL. He lovingly commands all his children to love Him with all our hearts, this allows us to be protected from peer pressures. How we might ask? When we give into peer pressure on any level, we are literally submitting our will to that person, situation and choice!
It blows my mind that I just now found a personal cure for pure pressure. This commandment is here to help us and if we let it be preparatory for everything we do, naturally we will become more like Him, which is what we are all shooting for anyways. We are trying to put that at the center of all we do.
It took me 10 years living my life differently to know the opposition of this principle, and yet 10 minutes on a hammock to have a revelatory connection made. I know it’s real, by the small adjustments I’ve made that change the way I think and desire about the Lord, others and myself.

8 comments:

Becky said...

I have a few things to say:
First, you must have been an awesome missionary.
Second, you should go around to junior high seminary (or any seminary) and give that talk. I think youth should understand that.
Third, was your hammock comfy? I've never mastered the hammock.

Sister Jenny Hansen said...
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Sister Jenny Hansen said...

The hammock skill has been mastered by lots of falling off..
The mission was amazing! I always wanted to teach seminary!

Brandy A. Lee said...

Jenny Hansen! I must say how amazing you are :D It took me a long time to realize that I too needed to share the things I was taught by the spirit. It wasn't until my mission that I realized Heavenly Father would allow me to retain more knowledge if I shared it with others. It is interesting that we are often taught in the most obscure places, whether it be the bathroom or the hammock. And at the same time, you never know when you will be able to share with that person in their obscure moments.

jackie said...

Well, I'm a gonna go buy me a hammock!!! I love reading your blog...it seriously calms me down and makes me feel peaceful...and really really happy. There is no other Jenny Lee Hansen in this world....not even close to it. Thanks for bringing the sunshine to this gloomy day.

kdudley said...

Hey girl. I'm loving the photos you posted below. I really like the one with the sunflare. Anywhoo, I'm thinking...er hoping we'll be in SLC by the 2nd week of June. And I think we'll be staying until mid August. I can't wait!

James said...

I just want you to know that I do read this. Thanks President Hansen

SueZan said...

Wow! That blog was amazing! Your insight is so calm and inspirational and I appreciate you sharing those things. I have often wondered if I should share personal revelations--because well, they're "personal" --you know? But, when something strikes me, I can't help but desire to tell everyone about it! And I'm glad to hear that you agree! :D I agree with Becky, you should share that in Seminaries! :)

Go Jenny! :)