Patient endurance of hardship:
Persisting in a state of enterprise in spite of difficulties and discouragement.

“Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”
Hebrews 12:1

So a bunch of us missionaries were on our way to leadership training in Lyon (very cooly referred to as Jedi Council by my mission president) when I receive a phone call from my mission president.  We small-talk for a sec and then he asks me a question about a letter I shared with him a couple weeks back. It was a portion of my pep-talk letter to my brother, Connor, in which I shared my personal difficulties. Apparently he loved it and wanted me to read it at Jedi Council.

Even though I was slightly freaked out, I said yes cuz I didn’t want to decline and weird out his presentation. So I prayed about it that night and felt good, but that didn’t remove my nerves the next morning. This would open me up to huge vulnerability.

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Full of Years



“In the end, it’s not the years
in your life that count.
It’s the life in your years.”
Abraham Lincoln

“The purpose of life
is a life of purpose.”
Robert Byrne


In scripture, there is a thought-provoking expression attributed to one’s life. Periodically, when a prophet dies, the verse says he died “full of years.”  The phrase is used to describe Abraham, Isaac, Job, and King Benjamin.  Here is the verse about Abraham.

And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years. Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years.
Genesis 25:7-8

Now, “Full of years” could be thought of in several ways.  It could mean a large number of years.  After all, Abraham was 175 at the time of his death, Job was 142, and Isaac lived to be a whopping 180 years old.  Whew, that’s living long!  “Full of years” could mean a lot of years.

Yet, it might also describe a life full of usefulness. A life permeated with meaning, and packed with purpose.  Maybe it means that in the years allotted to them, these good men fulfilled everything they set out to do, or were meant to do. Continue reading