Music and the Spoken Word

Of Resets and Starting Over - Sunday, January 21, 2018

Have you ever needed a reset-a chance to wipe the slate clean and approach things from a fresh perspective? This is a little more than just setting goals to try harder or be better. A reset allows us to change direction when we sense that we're off course; it gets us back on track when we've been derailed. And somehow, life has a way of derailing everyone at times. We get too busy, too distracted, too burdened to remember our larger purpose, plans, or perspective.

Many opportunities for a reset come naturally in the routine of life: the beginning of a new year or a new week or the start of a new job or a new relationship are all good times to reset. But sometimes we need to make our own opportunities. For example, a few weeks into a new semester, a teacher sensed this need in his students. He had started to notice bad attitudes and sloppy work, so he offered a reset-for himself and his students. He reminded them of the purposes of the course, and the chance to start over inspired them to be more committed to those purposes. In time, the classroom dynamic began to change.

A family did something similar. When contention and bickering had become too commonplace, the parents put together a plan to reset their family life. They tried to simplify certain activities, to support each other better, to be more kind and patient in their interactions. In time, hearts and attitudes began to change.

Whether in a classroom, home, office, or relationship, sometimes in order to move forward we need to back up a little and remember where we wanted to go in the first place. There are many things we can't change, but we can always reset our hearts to find more room for love, forgiveness, compassion, and determination to do better.

Of course, a reset doesn't change things overnight. Just as problems take time to develop, solutions also take time-and patience, diligence, and commitment. But a sincere reset sends a message that we are serious about starting over, correcting mistakes, and trying harder to do things differently and better.

-Lloyd D. Newell

January 21, 2018
Broadcast Number 4,610

Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Orchestra at Temple Square

Ryan Murphy

Richard Elliott

Lloyd Newell

Praise Ye the Lord
Kirby Shaw

In the Garden
C. Austin Miles; arr. Ryan Murphy

Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah
Welsh hymn tune; arr. Paul Manz

How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place, from A German Requiem
Johannes Brahms

I'll Begin Again, from Scrooge
Leslie Bricusse; arr. Richard Elliott

How Firm a Foundation
Attributed to J. Ellis; arr. Mack Wilberg