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Weary in Well-Doing

By Rex Goode


The Lord advises:

Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great (D&C 64:33).

It’s a good piece of advice, and something I have a hard time with. Most of the time, I’m quite weary of it. Still inside me lurks a natural man who wants to indulge a bit in some evil-doing. It’s difficult to keep choosing the right when the wrong seems so much more attractive.

Yet, I persevere. I wish I were perservering cheerfully, because the scriptures tell us that God loves it when we obey cheerfully.

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:6-7).

Something tells me, however, that even though I’d be more pleasing to God if I always obeyed cheerfully with all sorts of energy, that I’m accepted even if I do it in spite of being weary or even if I do it grudgingly. Isn’t the main point that I do it?

When what I really want to do is indulge my temptations, but I choose instead to obey what the Lord has commanded, I don’t think I have missed the mark because of my bad attitude towards obedience. Most of the time, I obey cheerfully. Most of the time, I know why I want to choose the right. Most of the time, choosing to obey flows out of me naturally. I think that when a person chooses right against everything inside screaming to do what is wrong, that it is just such a small thing out which grows great things.

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2 Responses to “Weary in Well-Doing”

  1. julie said:

    You know Rex, I always feel like I am fighting within myself. Part of me wants to do right, but part of me wants to be bad. More often than not, the choice to be bad wins out in the end for me. I don’t know why. Maybe because being bad is easier than trying to be good.

  2. Rex Goode said:

    That’s a good observation. It’s a strange thing. Being bad is easier to accomplish but harder to bear once it’s over. Being good is harder to accomplish, but easier to bear once it’s over.


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