I got to teach a class at church yesterday. So, here are some of the thoughts from the lesson and some thoughts I didn’t share, and yet, got me to say the things I did.
– We are eternal beings having an earthly experience. Meaning…if we look at the moment with the bigger picture in mind, it makes the trials and tribulations that much easier to be lived, not survived; learned from, not feel like you are being punished; and to share the lesson, not be bitter about it…Knowledge doesn’t become wisdom until we apply it. When we keep eternity in mind, the goal is to return to God and live. All the ‘overwhelmness’ of life becomes small stuff (yes, I just created a word). We get overwhelmed when we lose focus of what is really important and we let the unimportant things consume our energy.
– Goals are life saving devices. They delay gratification, they stretch our thinking, doing and speaking. Goals keep us focused on the final result, which makes it easier to walk through the muck on they way there. We will arrive at where we focus our vision. Don’t let the focus be in your ‘hard’ reality. Live through it and get going to where your goal is. Create goals with God, He knows what you are capable of, what He built for and how fast He made you. It would be a fantastic move to include Him in everything. He has miracles in His back pocket and His speed is faster than the speed of light. Yup, He would be a good one to include in the setting of goals.
– Pay your tithes. God gave you 100% of His money and He is asking for 10% back to do good things (all you have that you can call it yours is your agency. Your body, people and everything else is His). You get to keep 90% of it and when you give the 10% back, He sends blessings! I think it is a heck of a deal, and yes, it is true, I’ve been on that plan for over 26 years and the benefits are out of this world good. Also, live in a way that you can put a little away for a rainy day …10% sounds like a good number to start. Do your bills with your spouse, so both of you know your financial situation. If you don’t have a spouse, do it alone and always start with prayer. Thank the Lord for the bills (you get to use all the things you are paying for and you have money to pay them), have gladness in your heart, don’t let the adversary get into your thinking and bring contention into the bill paying. Pay your tithes and yourself first. It won’t work on paper, but it does work out. I don’t know how to explain, it just does.
– Keep track of your finances for a month. See where you can cut down and save up from. You will be amazed at how much money you will come up with.
– Become Spiritually prepared. Pray with intent, converse with the Lord, He is your Father, He knows you better than you know yourself. He is your biggest cheerleader, He wants you to succeed in life. And He knows how to help you do exactly that. Read your scriptures…every day (if even just a verse). He cannot change your thinking and doing, if you don’t have in you. Study His word, there is a lot of good in it…we just need to dig in. Fasting in prayer is awesome! How do you fast? Start with a prayer and bring it to the Lord the things that you are fasting about…health, children, habits, attitude, weaknesses, finances, guidance…whatever you are fasting for, present it to the Lord, explain your heart and go without food (I usually start on saturday night after dinner and end on Sunday night before dinner, do what you can, if all you can do is one meal, one meal is enough…He knows what you are capable of)…think about what you are fasting for and pray during your fast and, end it with a prayer. After you fast, don’t eat a huge meal. Eat lightly, you just finished a fast. Live what you learned. Did you read about being in tune with the Lord…work at it. How about being patient …exercise patience in all things (that one was mine for years…I am much better at it because of giving weaknesses unto God, so He can make them strengths). Maybe you read about honoring father and mother…how are you doing on that? Be willing to get closer to God and you are bound to get spiritually prepared.
– Teach your children and those around you by example. If you see something that a family member is doing that you don’t agree with, don’t go preach. Go do. Live the Doctrine you believe in. Words are great, action is louder: “actions speak louder than words,” “love is a verb,” “children spell love T I M E,” “who you are speaks so loud that I can’t hear what you are saying…” They are all short reminders to us to walk our talk. Our kids watch us more than listen to what we are saying. They do listen, so watch your words, remember they learn better by seeing what you are doing.
– The Lord has an individual plan for each of His children. Our potential is limitless as He is. Our limitations are the ones we believe ourselves. He has a path laid out for each of us and our loved ones. Are we checking with Him what that is? Are we being obedient to His commandments? Are we being humble in our attitude? We have commandments to keep us out of trouble and trouble away from us. Like in the farm, the fence keeps the flock in and the predators out. It is not a punishment or a lack of freedom, it is a safety device. Same with the commandments of God to His children, each priceless and beautiful in His eyes.
– Store some foodstuff aside. Have a mini store in your home. If a job is lost, a pay cut comes your way, food won’t be a worry. It is there. It may not be fancy, delicious or lots of variety, but it is there to be consumed. Nobody has to go hungry, we can provide for ourselves and not stress if there will be money to buy food. When you do store food, it allows you to buy things on sale, because you don’t need it right at that moment, you can wait until the prices go down. I am very grateful to have lived through a job change not going so well, and have had the food to deal with it and the knowhow to prepare it.
Well, this is my randomness for the day. I hope it will do someone out there some good. It sure did me good to put it down in words. It solidifies it in my mind.
See you in the doing of things.