Friday, July 6, 2012

Day 1: Scripture Challenge

July 1, 2012

I've noticed a pattern in life. When one decides to do something that will have a significant spiritual impact, the devil does his best to derail those plans.

On day one, Matt and I were already feeling a tug away from our goal. It began without our even noticing; happily distracted doing less important things, we didn't remember our goal until late in the evening. By then, reading our scriptures for thirty minutes seemed like an unappealing use of our last moments of weekend. There was some tension in the apartment as we grudgingly began our goal.

Matt and I both received an answer to these feelings through our study.

As I read the beginning of the Book of Mormon, I noted that Lehi is a consistently positive and faithful man. Even when he learned of the upcoming destruction of Jerusalem (his home) he responded by praising God for his mercy. How easy it would have been to curse God for the great loss that was looming in the future. Instead his perspective was open to the eternal plan that God had for His people and he saw the mercy that guided all of His actions.

Matt's answer came during our abbreviated couple study. We read a short section of President Uchtdorf's talk, titled "The Why of Priesthood Service" from the April 2012 General Conference. This paragraph seemed to speak directly to some of the feelings Matt had expressed earlier that night:

"...the fact that something is good is not always reason enough to require our time and resources. Our activities, initiatives, and plans should be inspired by and grounded upon the why of our priesthood service and not by any flashy trend or interest of the moment. Otherwise, they can distract our efforts, dilute our energy, and get us caught up in our own hobbies, spiritual or temporal, that are not at the center of discipleship."

As always, we felt good after reading. It's interesting how common it is for human kind to resist doing things that they know will make them happiest.


Christina said...

Great timing to read this. I just got home from an exhaaaausting shift and wasn't looking forward to studying. Attitude adjustment--here goes! :)

Jeni said...

My sister told me about exercising. You never regret it if you go, you always regret it if you don't. How true that is for so many of the things in life. On a different occasion, my whole family was doing this ropes course thing and I was hesitant to do it. I have no idea why, I'm good at those things. Anyway I'll never forget, he told me, "Sometimes you say no when you should say yes".
And the moral of the story is that I totally see how much the getting going can be, not to mention the keeping going. But we must say Yes and we wont regret it! GO Cam & Matt!

Christina said...

Cool comment, Jeni. :)

Cam said...

Thanks, Jeni. Those were two really awesome experiences you had. I love the quote "sometimes you say no when you should say yes." There's something really poignant about that. I can see why you have thought about it since then. It's kind of hauntingly true (about everyone).

Jaime said...

I also loved what you said about how sometimes we resist what will make us happiest.