Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Power Rangers: Who You Want to Be

(Guest post by David B)

It never ceases to amaze me where and when insights come. In this case, I found an opportunity to draw inspiration from Jason Scott of the 2017 Power Rangers.

I had the chance to spend some good time with my children while vacationing in Utah. While at our hotel room we decided to watch Power Rangers. In one part, Kim is explaining to Jason why she feels responsible for the team not being able to morph into their ranger forms. After explaining her situation and why she can't open up to the team, Jason explains, "You did an awful thing. It doesn't make you an awful person. Just be the person you want to be."

I feel like too often we let our actions define us. And why not? That is, after all, what most people remember. And what's easier to remember than the awful things we've done? Just like in a customer service experience, we will tell our friends and family about a bad experience right away but don't usually volunteer a positive one.

I know that I've done awful things. I have let those awful things weigh on my mind and let myself be convinced that I'm an awful person. However, just like Kim, I'm not an awful person. And just as Jason tells her, I can just be the person I want to be.

"Now, as my mind caught hold upon this thought, I cried within my heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me, who am in the gall of bitterness, and am encircled about by the everlasting chains of death.
"And now, behold, when I thought this, I could remember my pains no more; yea, I was harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more.
"And oh, what joy, and what marvelous light I did behold; yea, my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain!" (Alma 36: 18-20)

Alma chose who he wanted to be.

We're all guilty of making awful choices but the choice is mine as to who I want to be. And the choice is yours as to who you want to be.

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