Careful vs. Casual by Becky Craven
Content by Randi Gardner
As the Easter Holiday comes to a close, I am left with a renewed motivation to be more careful in my daily life. Our family has been studying the last week of Jesus Christ’s life and the details of these days left me in awe as it does every time I study them. Sister Becky Craven’s talk touched me this general conference because it was so bold. And during this Easter week her words “As we consider our commitment to the Savior, are we careful or casual?” played over and over in my head.
As I pictured the Triumphal entry I thought of those faithful people who carefully placed their garments, rugs, and precious palm leaves in the way of Jesus Christ.
As I read of His miracles and pondered the reality of the Savior’s power in my life, I heard sister Craven’s words.
When I pondered the cleansing of the temple and put myself in the place of the money changers, I wondered how often I am casual vs. careful.
As we watched the account of the Last supper, I noticed the Savior carefully breaking the bread and explaining the sacrament to his apostles. And I thought about how often I take the time to carefully teach those I love.
Perhaps most painfully, I imagined the suffering of our Savior in the garden of gethsemane and sister Craven’s words played in my mind and pierced my heart. For His commitment is unfailing.
I thought of Peter and the regret he must have felt for denying Christ and committed to speaking of the Savior with more reverence.
And as I read the account of the Savior dying on the cross I pictured the certain women who stayed with Him til the very end.
Finally, in remembering our beloved Savior rose again, overcame death and gave us all Hope, I heard sister Craven’s words “As we consider our commitment to the Savior, are we careful or casual?” And I simply could NOT justify a casual commitment to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Intentional living is a big topic in our society. Article after article could be found on this so called “intentional living.” However when I heard Sister Craven speak I thought to myself “THIS is intentional living!” No not careful purchases, or perfectly planned out schedules -not even that life changing magical folding technique! But true, intentional and careful living as followers of Christ.
This is the kind of living that involves the Savior in every step of the way. Considering Him in each decision, interaction, or action.
I certainly can’t tell anyone what “careful living” should be for them. And Sister Craven says: “I invite each of us to seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost to know what adjustments we need to make in our lives to be more carefully aligned with our covenants”
I’m grateful for the scriptures that always provide us with applicable examples. We read of a man desiring eternal life in Matthew Chapter 19:
16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
18 ...Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
What is it that the Lord asks of us? And will we choose to follow Him with our whole hearts? When we go to Him and ask “What lack I yet?” Will we trust Him in the direction we receive from the spirit?
2 Nephi 28:30 “blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more”
I testify that the Savior lives. That Jesus Christ has devoted himself to us and simply asks “Come Follow Me.” I pray that we can each consider the ways we can be more careful in following the Savior and improve upon our casual ways. Because the only true Joy is found in Him! He is the light and the life!
FAITH IN ACTION
While making decisions this week, consider with each decision: "Does this testify of Christ?' And am I being careful or casual? Place this week's download (below) in a common place in your home to remind you to choose carefully and choose Christ!
The section "We choose “that good part” by making choices that lead to eternal life." shares wonderful application for "careful" and "intentional" living. See also the "Mary and Martha" Family Home evening suggestion listed in this week's "Come, Follow Me" lesson.
Are we casual in our ministering or do we take the time to get to know the women we minister to? This week, try to learn 1 new thing about your sisters. Where did they grow up, what is a favorite hobby of theirs, do they have a favorite treat, what are they looking forward to this summer?