Overcoming feelings of inadequacy: "Following celestial road signs while in telestial traffic jams"

Taking on the nature of Christ is a truly difficult task. Perhaps no better description of this is found in scripture than in Mosiah 3:19. C. S. Lewis also acknowledged this challenge when he wrote:

“…The real problem with the Christian life comes….the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind.”

“We can only do it for moments at first. But from those moments the new sort of life will be spreading through our system: because now we are letting Him work at the right part of us. It is the difference between paint, which is merely laid on the surface, and a dye or stain which soaks right through….When he said, ‘Be perfect,’ He meant it. He meant that we must go in for the full treatment.” (Mere Christianity, pp. 168-69.)

If not careful, we can become overwhelmed by Christ’s invitation to be perfect. Of our need to guard against such, Elder Neal A. Maxwell wrote:

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