Who Wants Realistic? | Teaching Self-Government

Who Wants Realistic?

When one of our foster daughters lived with us years ago, she did something that the others hadn’t done. She spent the first few weeks very intently watching me. She watched the way I kept house, the way I parented my children, the time I spent reading scriptures and good books, etc.

Finally, one day she said, “Are you for real?”

“Of course I’m real,” I quickly responded.

“But, this is like 'The Brady Bunch' show,” she replied.

“I know. Isn’t it great?” was my honest response.

(For those who may not know or remember, "The Brady Bunch" was an American sitcom that aired from Sept. 26, 1969 to March 8, 1974 on ABC. The series featured a large blended family with six children. It was considered one of the last of the "old-style" family sitcoms. "The Brady Bunch" aired for five seasons and, after its cancellation in 1974, went into syndication starting in September 1975.)

Anyway, where in the world did this foster daughter get the idea that shooting for "the real" was my goal anyway?

Too many people think that our life is about being realistic. Well, I have news for you: it’s not. 

The truth of the matter is we were put here to become as godly as we can be so that we can live with God after this life. Is that a realistic goal for life? No, it's actually an idealistic goal.

Every day I start with my idealistic vision all over again. Some days my family and I are close to that ideal.  But other days we're not so close. However, every day we strive for our personal and family idealism.

I think being realistic might just be a cop-out for wanting the path of least resistance. The path of least resistance is like a river. It always flows to the lowest point. We will flow to the lowest point too if we take the path of least resistance.

Change the world. Be an idealist... and rise to the top of your potential.