Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Lord's Work

I served a mission in St. Louis, Missouri. For 19 months my sole responsibility was to share the gospel with others. It has now been about 5 years since coming home and I have found it too easy to get wrapped up in my own life to forget about the very important role of missionary work. I’m convinced though that as I focus more on the Lord’s commandments, he will in turn assist me in my own endeavors.

It works that way. During the busiest times of my life, if I am putting the Lord first, I am somehow able to accomplish the rest of my goals and endeavors. I guess it’s kind of like tithing. I am able to do more with 90% of my time and the Lords help, then I would ever be able to accomplish on my own with 100% of my time. As life continues forward things seem to accumulate on my ‘to do’ list. Mundane tasks such as laundry, cleaning, yard work, and dusting interlaced with the all important role of being a Mother and wife (or grandmother, or sister, or friend, or…) and then sprinkle in a church calling or two, and perhaps even a social life, and days fly by without much time left to sit down and write the things closest to my heart. I have learned not to despair, though. Because somehow when I make sure to read my scriptures, pray, and practice my church callings with enthusiasm, I somehow AM able to work the other things into the busy grind of life. I somehow AM able to sit down at the end of the day and envelope myself in another world of my own creation. A creation that I have found is essential to my peace and happiness.

I am compelled to write. I am pushed by some unseen hand to put pen to paper and create. Aren’t you? I know that these talents are given to us by God, in hopes that we will expand on them, and make something beautiful out of them. So it makes sense that if we, in turn, put God and his commandments first, then he will assist us as we create.

4 comments:

  1. Well said, and it was a much needed reminder to me. It doesn't matter how many times it's repeated, I need to keep hearing it. Put the Lord first and everything else works out. It not only works...it works out better because...through Him all things are possible. With just me, I fall short every time.
    Thanks for the reminder and I think you're awesome, and I'm so glad I know you!
    :-)
    ~Krista

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  2. Yes Shawnette compelled is the perfect word to describe how I too feel about writing even though I am in a busy season of my life. Thanks for remindng me again about tithing. It's just so true.

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  3. Well said, Shawnette! I have always applied these principles to my callings as a wife, mother, daughter...and other stewardships I have been given. I don't think I have applied them to developing my talents, however. I agree with you! It does make sense that since we are expected to improve upon our talents that God will assist us in that as well!

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  4. Thank you for this wonderful reminder of what is importan! I really appreciate it.

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