Friday, October 26, 2018

Why do you obey?

When the prophet asks you to do something, why do you do it? Or why don't you do it?

I used to think that people who were very obedient did so because they were task-oriented  "to do list" people. Task-oriented people are really good at getting anything done, really. They can have family home evening consistently, keep a clean house, read regularly to their children, exercise daily, all the things us non-task-oriented people struggle with constantly.

Obedience of the heart is different than getting a task done. It is meekness. It's saying there's nothing more important to me than what you want, Lord. It's saying you know what's best for me and will make me the happiest right now, Lord. And believing it. Giving yourself the chance to experience that joy by not complaining about what is asked of you or making excuses.

I guess I've just come to learn that obedience is not an intellectual choice, it's a matter of having your heart turned towards the Savior, and giving your heart to Him.

"Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media." --Elder Richard G. Scott

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