Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A House of Order

I had one of those "aha" moments where everything clicked and made sense, not just in a logical sense, but even in a spiritual sense. Let's see if I can explain.

At the workshop this past weekend we talked about how the temple is a house of order, and I even highlighted this point in my post. Without exception, the temple is kept in perfect order at all times. They haven't been very long lasting but I've had times in my life where everything was in order and I was amazed at what I could accomplish. Last year when I had so many goals that I was working on, school, work, callings, family, life in general, it wasn't easy but when I had everything in order I did it all.

I've been struggling a bit in trying to complete the things I have going now, and in comparison I don't even have half of the schedule I had then. I couldn't figure out what the difference was, and then it hit me! I have some things that I have become complacent about or that I've allowed myself to slack off on. And they are sort of surprising things! Reading my scriptures every night (in my defense I was listening to them every morning while I got ready, but there really and truly is power in actual study of the scriptures), tidying my kitchen/living room every night before bed, folding laundry, etc. When I started becoming lax about those thing I started having trouble in other areas and especially in feeling motivated and empowered. I had lost that since I stopped pushing myself so hard and day by day felt myself growing weaker, for lack of a better term.

So last  night I made a command decision. I will live each day with no excuses. No excuses for not reading the scriptures, no excuses for not putting the dishes away, no excuses for leaving the laundry in the dryer for 3 days (not that I ever did that...cough, cough). I consider my home a temple, my sanctuary. I want it to be sacred and in all aspects prepared so that if the Savior came to my door I would be ready. And that's the miracle of the atonement; that I can change, and repair my ways, and not be permanently trapped by sins, mistakes, or sheer laziness. Each day is a new start, a miraculous beginning, an opportunity to make each day the best day ever!

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