When I read this, I was stunned to realize which category most of my activities land in.
This feeling was only reinforced when I read an Ensign article by Elder Christofferson, To Always Remember Him. This passage particularly impressed me:
...you and I can put Christ at the center of our lives and become one with Him as He is one with the Father (see John 17:20–23). We can begin by stripping everything out of our lives and then putting it back together in priority order with the Savior at the center. We should first put in place the things that make it possible to always remember Him—frequent prayer and scripture study, thoughtful study of apostolic teachings, weekly preparation to partake of the sacrament worthily, Sunday worship, and recording and remembering what the Spirit and experience teach us about discipleship.Here are the images & text from Julie B. Beck that so impressed me:
Other things may come to your mind particularly suited to you at this point in your life. Once we make adequate time and means for these matters in centering our lives in Christ, we can begin to add other responsibilities and things of value, such as education and family responsibilities. In this way the essential will not be crowded out of our lives by the merely good, and things of lesser value will take a lower priority or fall away altogether.
Navigate This Life Confidently
“A good woman knows that she does not have enough time, energy, or opportunity to take care of all of the people or do all of the worthy things her heart yearns to do. Life is not calm for most women, and each day seems to require the accomplishment of a million things, most of which are important. A good woman must constantly resist alluring and deceptive messages from many sources telling her that she is entitled to more time away from her responsibilities and that she deserves a life of greater ease and independence. But with personal revelation, she can prioritize correctly and navigate this life confidently. The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life" [my emphasis].
The things that must be taken care of to ensure the blessings of eternal life for me and my family.
- Inviting revelation (praying always)
- Studying scriptures daily
- Taking time to ponder and fast
- Making and keeping covenants (sacrament meeting, temple)
- Loving one another
Things we have to do as a part of mortal life in order to be self-reliant and be of service to our families and the Lord.
- Strengthening marriage and family relationships
- Homemaking (cooking, cleaning, working)
- Living providently
- Giving compassionate service
- Doing temple and family history work
- Sharing the gospel
- Serving in the Church
These add variety to our lives, but they won't save us.
- Recreational reading
- Lunches with friends
- Blogging and recreational computer time
The presentation ends with the question, "What is on your list?" I need to consider this, and then, as Elder Christofferson suggests, strip away everything, and add items back with proper consideration of their priority.
Note to self: Come back and reread this list. Often.