STIMULATOR message for the week of April 25, 1972
Message from President Eugene C. Ludwig, dated April 25, 1972
“WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, WHEREVER WE ARE.”
Dear Fellow Missionaries:
“Habit is a cable — we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it.”
“One of the greatest powers in the world is the power of habit. It is stronger than discipline or will power. Habit is to success what the rails are to the streamliner, so habit supports and guides our success.”
This is an exciting statement for it is true and it can be used for our benefit in being successful missionaries. This power of habit will aid us in developing proper attitude, by keeping us form starting on the downward path towards poor attitude, disobedience, slothfulness, and failures. Developing proper habits will aid us at every turn in doing those things which will naturally lead us to success in our endeavors — the rails of habit will keep us on the right road with the right attitude.
As missionaries, which habits are those which we should seek?
1. Spiritual habits — “These is no greater blessing that can come to man than to walk in the way and in the light and truth of Jesus Christ.” Be completely honest in everything you do. Form the habit of always being in tune with our Heavenly Father. Pray always. Prayer will keep us in tune with God.
2. Study habits — Study must be consistent and well-directed.
3. Work habits — “If a man loves the labor of his trade apart from any question of success or fame, the Gods have call him.” Anyone desiring success should capitalize on the power of good work habits. Be consistent – be diligent.
4. Thinking habits — “A man who thinks negative thoughts achieves negative results and a man who thinks positive thoughts will most certainly achieve positive results.” (Norman Vincent Peale) Most problems come because of loose habits of thinking.
5. Planning habits — God is a planner. Planning is the foundation of all success. All good planning comes through practice.
There are many more habits we could include, but the important thing for us now is to acquire good habits that will help us to be better missionaries. Develop yourself f to be the missionary you can be. The greatest tragedy in the mission field is wasted potential.
We must be men and women to match our message. There is not other enterprise where the rewards are a great, nor the undertaking as worthwhile as bringing about human exaltation. This is the enterprise in which God himself spends His full time.
Let’s prepare ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually for the success we desire by forming Good Habits.
President Eugene C. Ludwig
“Sow an act and you reap a habit: sow a habit, and you reap a character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny.” (George Boardman)