Ok so...I got carried away with the whole Service thing.
I've been thinking about it, and I don't think it was a good choice for my One Little Word this year. Hey, it's a great idea - and it probably would work for someone else. But, you see...I sort of have an issue with being prone to...codependency. Ya know, trying to serve others to the point that I'm not living my own life at all? Yeah...not really the best idea for me.
During this last General Conference, Stanley G. Ellis, from the seventy I believe, spoke about The Lord's Way. It was a great talk to listen to, and actually struck a chord with me about what I wrote in my last post. But reading it now it has even more in it then listening to it. I really liked the part where he talks about how we must govern ourselves. "The irony is that even now we have faithful Church members everywhere who would go anywhere the prophet asked them to go. Do we really expect President Monson to individually tell more then 14 million of us where our family is needed? The Lord's way is that we hearken to our leaders' teachings, understand correct principles, and govern ourselves." Awesome. :)
Anyway, there are so many links to scriptures about the Lord's guidance in how we should live our lives. But the part that pertains to my One Little Word: Service, was the part where he referenced the Lord's way to help.
First scripture referenced was Mosiah 4:21-27, which is all about imparting our substance and stuff...but the part that struck me most was the last verse: "And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order." (emphasis added)
I'd read this scripture before, and people make reference to it at church all the time, but I hadn't ever read it directly after reading about imparting of your substance. I'd never put the two together. But that's the way it is! I shouldn't leave my kids every day to help someone else get their home in order. I can't let my own world fall apart while building up someone elses world.
I lost myself in service for a while.
That's all well and good, but I need to get my priorities in order again and start putting other things first - including myself!
I read Alma 7:23 "I would that ye should be humble, be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive."
Of all the things in this scripture, I could point to one I could work on most right now. So here's what I'm going to do. I'm swapping my One Little Word to:
So, I think this is better for me. The dictionary says diligence is a constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body and mind - a degree of care and caution required by circumstances.
I'd never though about how being diligent to the Lord's commandments would also mean to be cautious and careful as well as being constant and persistent. This is a good thing for me.
So, what can I do to start working on being more diligent?
*Praying Always: I need to remember to fall on my knees out of bed first thing in the morning. Then pray throughout the day for the guidance in my efforts to serve others while keeping priorities straight.
*Study Scripture and Conference Talks: I can read a scripture every morning with my little scriptures app. Then listen to conference talks. Read scriptures nightly to my kids, and since these are things I'm already trying to do, let's add one more. See if I can fit one more session of study somewhere in the day where I actually sit and read for me.
*Being diligent in the commandments: honesty, tithing, church callings, etc. Really dedicate myself to it!
*Lastly, my parenting and homemaking. More dedication! Do it more.