As I come to the end of this month's New Year's Resolution to be more humble and less proud, I want to wrap it up with a short commentary that will be a bit more vague than normal - but as personal as pretty much anything I write. It deals with my life right now and something I have understood through experiences previously but am relearning now.
There have been times in my life when cirucumstances have combined to make me prouder of myself than I should have been - not in the proper way that Pres. Uchtdorf highlighted recently, but in the uncharitable way that is the focus of so many scriptural verses. Generally speaking, my own life has followed the classic scriptural cycle associated with pride: Periods of pride, followed by forced humility. There are elements of my life currently that represent that cycle - and it has come into stark relief as I have focused on how to conclude my resolution this month.
Therefore, as a result of this introspection, I have only one commitment that has come at the close of this month:
No matter what the Lord has in store for me in the future - whether it is what I naturally want or not, I will accept it and do the best I can to make the most I can of it. I will do my best to forge the path I desire, but I will accept and walk any path that I feel is being directed by God.