One of the most well-known Proverbs teaches us to “ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.” As we follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, we follow the covenant path that leads to salvation and exaltation.
However, in a world that often sets us running as fast as we can down any given path, it can be difficult to embrace the advice to ponder where we are going and why. Here are a few ways we can ponder the path of our feet and come closer to Jesus Christ.
Routinely Hold a Spiritual Inventory
Church leaders have routinely invited us to take a spiritual inventory at regular intervals.
President M. Russell Ballard conducted an interview of questions in General Conference and invited youth to ask these questions to themselves as needed.
President Thomas S. Monson, when speaking of journaling, said, “Take an inventory of your life and look specifically for the blessings, large and small, you have received.”
Brother Brent L. Top shared, “To maintain spiritual balance, we must frequently take inventory of our spiritual progress.”
Create time to think about what spiritual goals you’d like to set, what progress you’ve already made, and how close you feel to Jesus Christ. Instead of a checklist of boxes, focus on things that build a relationship with the Savior.
Pray to Align Your Will with God’s
We co-create our lives with a loving God. We have agency and can make many good choices. Sometimes, however, we forget to find a balance in asking for divine input. We often do everything ourselves or become paralyzed waiting for God to tell us what we should do. We can walk more confidently when we pray to align our will with God’s, asking to have the mind and heart of the Lord in us. We will feel more inspired while also feeling more sure when the decision is ours.
Let All Thy Ways Be Established
The second part of this scripture reminds us that God has established a path to follow. Many of the hard decisions in life and the questions we have about the direction we’re headed in can be answered by keeping on the covenant path. When we establish our ways, we create guidelines of safety and protection. We can move forward in faith knowing we are doing our best and staying true to the Lord.
Study Your Patriarchal Blessing
Our patriarchal blessings can give us a vision for our lives. President Thomas S. Monson once said, “Your patriarchal blessing is your passport to peace in this life. It is a Liahona of light to guide you unerringly to your heavenly home.” Study your blessing and look for gifts to develop and blessings to strive for. It will help you understand your divine nature and some of the things you’ve been called to accomplish in this life. Click here to read more about how to use your patriarchal blessing for personal growth.
Enjoy the Views
Don’t forget to enjoy the views along your journey. As we ponder the path we’re on, it’s important to stop and try to discover the purpose of where we’re at right now. We need to progress, but we also need to find the peace of Christ in our current situation. Don’t miss what He has for you. President Gordon B. Hinckley taught, “Life is like an old-time rail journey—delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.”
What are some other ways we can ponder the paths of our feet?