Relative Righteousness

Recently I have been struck by the term "relative righteousness." 

"...Relative righteousness means nothing . . . Each person's payment at the end of hte day has nothing to do with the work of others.  We are each working out our own salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord (The Peacegiver, pp.98-99)."

There is so much good in each of us.  And just as Elder Wirthlin has said, "There is greatness in everyone."  I think we all can admit we've struggled in some sense of the word with envy.  Or with the feelings of inadequacy simply because someone else has a particular talent, skill, or blessing. 

This brings to mind Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's most excellent talk from the recent General Conference, "We are not in a race against each other to see who is the wealthiest or the most talented or the most beautiful or even the most blessed. The race we are really in is the race against sin...(Laborers in the Vineyard, CR April 2012).

This has all been a great reminder for me to stop judging, stop comparing and to start living more fully the life that I have been given!


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