I Had Literally Painted Myself Into a Corner

A Way of Life, Robert D. Hales

In my youth I learned an important lesson about how our actions may limit our freedom. One day my father assigned me to varnish a wooden floor. I made the choice to begin at the door and work my way into the room. When I was almost finished, I realized I had left myself no way to get out. There was no window or door on the other side. I had literally painted myself into a corner. I had no place to go. I was stuck.

Whenever we disobey, we spiritually paint ourselves into a corner and are captive to our choices. Though we are spiritually stuck, there is always a way back. Like repentance, turning around and walking across a newly varnished floor means more work—a lot of resanding and refinishing! Returning to the Lord isn’t easy, but it is worth it.

Source: Robert D. Hales, October 2010 General Conference address, Agency: Essential to the Plan of Life. Robert D. Hales is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To view a video version of this talk click here.

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