Once upon a time I decided I should teach our R.S. Lesson about Compassion in the Home. It just didn’t come together. Oh – I had lots of fabulous talks to study, but I wasn’t feelin’ it.
Final topic: Home can be a bit of heaven on Earth. (can ya tell this is something I knew we needed to work on? yeppers! especially after the week of spring break)
Saturday night I was still wondering which direction it needed to go. Oh – once again I had 17 pages of fabulous resources. There were several awesome scriptures I wanted to focus on.
In the end, I sat down and explained the dilemma with Jimmy. I’ve had a hard time focusing on one direction. Maybe I’m just a spaz this week and am going quickly in all directions. This is not the Lord’s way.
Jimmy helped guide my thoughts so the Spirit could teach me what to do. It’s one of the “Prepare & Study … and TEACH and listen to the Holy Ghost to see where the lesson needs to go.” Scary? – a bit. Okay? Sure!
In the end … we had a lot of participation discussing Mosiah 4:27 and how it related to making home a bit of heaven. Keep calm. Rally the Troops. Be YOU! Don’t compare. Identify your skills and focus on the positive. Attitude. Priorities. Select ONE thing (not 15 things!!) that you can do (not your spouse or children – but things YOU can affect) to help your home be a bit more like heaven.
The following quotes I love. They come from an article in the August 2010 Ensign: All Things in Wisdom and Order by ELDER JOHN C. TAGGART.
“All things must be done”: Those who accept the blessings of the gospel are bound by covenants to act in certain ways. We have general duties—nurturing our children, serving others, keeping the commandments—and we have specific duties that arise out of our own choices, the Church callings we receive, the promises we make, and the obligations we freely accept. The counsel to not “run faster than [we have] strength” does not excuse us from these things.
“Be diligent”: We sometimes mistakenly think the word endure means grim plodding in the face of adversity. Not so. While mortality was not meant to be free of challenges, the Lord has promised both peace and happiness in this life and unimaginable blessings in the life to come for “them that love him”. To persist or persevere means to remain on the path. Those who do so find, to their delight, that the journey brings moments of surprising joy and great blessings, even as the way grows rocky or steep.
“A man should [not] run faster than he has strength”: We are all bound to honor our covenants, but all are not asked to carry the same load. Our charge is to magnify what we are given by the Lord, however large or small it may be. We each possess different gifts, abilities, and capacities.
“Done in wisdom”: Hardest of all is achieving the right mix or balance between competing good things. No secret formula will achieve this for us. We must avoid the “false balance” (Proverbs 20:23) that becomes a mere excuse for avoiding difficult choices. Self-awareness—an honest assessment of our strengths and weaknesses—is critical. Then righteous living, thoughtful meditation, and heartfelt prayer place us in the path of heavenly inspiration as we make daily decisions. The counsel of those who love us helps us find our way in a world increasingly filled with enticements, distractions, false promises of pleasure, and empty rewards of worldly achievement at the expense of heavenly blessings. The right balance is probably different for each person and also changes for each person over time. Above all, a person grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ and enjoying the sweet companionship of the Holy Ghost will find balance, even—or especially—in the face of overwhelming, unavoidable burdens.
Priority or Seasonality
“All things … in order”: The writer of Ecclesiastes taught, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).