You Can Do Hard Things

At the end of February I was able to attend our Stake Conference where a new Stake Relief Society president was put in. She gave a talk where she referenced a girl who was struggling with some things that were really hard.  The girl complained to her teacher how things were hard.  Her teacher then replied... "Yes, it is hard, but YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS!"

This struck a chord with me.  I realized that a lot of times in my life I hear myself saying "This is hard".  Most of the time I hear my kids say "This is too hard."  I knew right then and there that my kids needed to learn this lesson... and I did too.

Luckily Family Home Evening was the next night so I could remember my thoughts during Stake Conference. I work well with object lessons so I asked the kids to lift our family room chair at the start of the lesson.  What was their response... "It is too hard!"  They tried... each one lifting with their might... each older child being able to barely move it a little more than the younger.  Then came Dad's turn.  Here he is showing us how it is done.

I told the kids that Dad couldn't lift that on his first try when he was young.  He has developed muscle and learned how to grasp it and balance it above his head.  It was hard at first, but in the end he could do it... because HE CAN DO HARD THINGS!

I proceeded to explain how some things may seem impossible to do in this life and they may seem too hard.  But I told them they can do hard things.. they just have to keep trying, learning, developing and relying on Heavenly Father to help them.  Will they be able to lift the chair tomorrow... no, but one day they will!


Brecken said...

I love this FHE lesson. I'm going to copy it. Isn't it such a great thing we all need to be reminded of. We can do hard things! thanks!

Heidi said...

I'm stealing it, too. I love the object lesson!

Kim said...

Our YW's used this as a theme a couple of years ago. It was entitled "I can do hard things." They put it in vinyl lettering on each girls bathroom mirror. Then the leaders and girls set a goal they had to accomplish in 3 months. One leaders goal was to lose 20lbs. all before Young Women in Excellence. It was one of the best responses I have seen with the girls participating whole heartedly. We forget at times that this life isn't suppose to be easy. Great FHE!

Marilee said...

Awesome!! What a great FHE lesson. I'm going to copy it too! Such a valuable life's lesson! BTW, who is the new Stake RS Pres?