Know Thyself, Control Thyself, Give Thyself

Socrates said, “Know thyself.” Cicero said, “Control thyself.” And the Savior said, “Give thyself.”

Everybody’s heard of FedEx, a shipping company. You’ve probably seen trucks bearing it’s logo several times in the past month. But have you ever looked deeper into that logo? If you look closely, you’ll notice that there’s an arrow between the E and the x.

I never saw this arrow until somebody pointed it out to me. The lesson to be learned here is simple: There is something within you that has always been there, just never pointed out. For me in baseball, it was realizing that I could hit to the opposite field with power. For another, it could be the courage to pick themself up after a hard day and keep going. It could be a spiritual gift that you’ve never known to access, or a technique that you didn’t know would work in your schooling/profession. Really, this principle has endless applications. Know thyself.

In the eye of the storm, we must remain in control. The Redeemer’s aid often doesn’t come until it seems almost too late and as if He’s forgotten us. Can we maintain the integrity of our ships until He calms the storm? The purpose of agency, and the purpose of the Church and its programs, is to help us feel in control over the spiritual gifts we’ve been born with. There is liberation in self-control. Control thyself.

“Finally, the Savior said, Take all that I have given you, harness it, discipline it, and then give it to the world. Give thyself.” (Paul H. Dunn). Need I to say any more on the subject? We know how to give ourselves. Let your light so shine forth, as it has been given us “for a light to the Gentiles, that [we] may be [His] salvation unto the ends of the earth” (1 Nephi 21:6). Jesus Christ knew His Divine Mission. He controlled both His spiritual and natural desires carefully. But most importantly, He gave all that He had to the world, even until His own blood was shed for us.

One thought on “Know Thyself, Control Thyself, Give Thyself

  1. Again….great wisdom to ponder. I might also add that knowing God’s plan, the Plan of Salvation, and finding one’s mission in life, are part of coming to “know thyself”.

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