Divinity v Mortality in our lives

This is a response to someone who wrote about the need for us to define our lives in terms of the divinity within us, rather than our mortal nature.  It included the idea that we could live in that divinity every moment of every day.

I don’t see how this can work. Seriously. I think it’s good to keep ahold of that little divine thread we’ve each got, so we don’t get totally overwhelmed by the mortal. But there’s way, way more mortal in us at this stage than there is divine, and that little bit of divine isn’t up to running every moment of every day for people who are still breathing. We were put in this world to learn how to develop that, and I think that’s great, but we are categorically unable to live divine all the time. That would put us above the need for divine grace, and that doesn’t happen.

We make mistakes. And we make bad choices. We sin. That’s not ideal, and it’s not really acceptable, but it’s also inevitable. There will not be a day that we aren’t going to have something to take to God to say “I’m sorry, but I screwed up again.” That’s not permission to do something really bad, which it could very easily be heard to be. It’s just part of the annoying truth in this life. We just need to do the best we can (which is so pathetically inadequate compared to the needs of the moment so often), and continually invite the Savior into our lives and hearts to fill the gaps, fix the breaks, and chip away the parts of our hearts that are like us so he can replace them with parts that are like him. This grows the divine in us, which is certainly good. But we can’t have a divine life until we are in a divine world, and this one isn’t.

So hang on to the hope that comes in remembering our little fledgling divinity, and our massive divine potential, definitely. But don’t expect to do that all the time — it’s a set-up for a failure to believe it’s even possible.

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