Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Day by Day

The CES fireside last Sunday was absolutely perfect for me.  We watched it together at home.  I was interested to watch it at first because I don't know Elder D. Todd Christofferson as well.  He was called to serve as a general authority just under 3 years ago.  You can watch the talk here or read a summary of it here.  I would HIGHLY recommend watching the whole thing (it is only about 35 minutes) for anyone who is struggling with what to do with their lives or how to keep your goals.

I learned from the talk that often it is enough to just live day by day and trust in the Lord.  The Israelites lived like this for 40 years in the wilderness when they would rely on the Lord for manna each day.  Sometimes you don't have to know what will happen in 1 year or 1 month or even 1 week (although you still need to be making goals and plans and working to them!) but it is simply enough to know that the Lord will take care of you for that day.

Wow!  Talk about an answer to a desperate, constant prayer of mine.  It is hard not knowing what I will be doing this year.  2011 is still proving to be the year where I don't know what I am doing.  I have no idea how the year will turn out or what I will be doing next month or next school year.  We don't know for certain where we will live--we don't plan on moving but it is a possibility if I find a job that is far away.  But it doesn't matter.  I know what I am doing today!  I am cleaning our home and making it beautiful.  I am exercising.  I am reading my scriptures.  I am applying for jobs.  I am making dinner.  I am relying on the Lord.

My favorite quote from Elder Christofferson's talk was either when he relates a story told by his mother (You will have to watch the video to learn what I am talking about with this quote.) or when he quotes N. Eldon Tanner.  Pres. Tanner said, 
"As we reflect on the value of resolving to do better, let us determine to discipline ourselves to carefully select the resolution we make, to consider the purpose for making them, and finally to make commitments for keeping them and not letting any obstacle stop us.  Let us remind ourselves at the beginning of each day that we can keep a resolution just for that day. As we do this it gets easier and easier until it becomes a habit."
This meant SO much to me because--I don't have to exercise and eat healthy and read my scriptures every day for the REST of my life.  No... I only have to do it TODAY!

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