Unwavering Commitment to Jesus Christ by Dale G. Renlund
Content by Rachel Neal
Every day we are bombarded with a million different things, some big and some small, and we must prioritize them from most important to least important. Each new day we make a conscious list of what has to be done that day/hour/minute and then decide what can be left till the end of the day or even the next day. Every day we also have a choice of how we prioritize Christ in our lives. Is He so important to us that the first thing to start our day with is personal prayer, reading a verse or chapter from the scriptures, or listening to a conference talk while we get ready?
Prioritize. That is the theme that really impresses me each time I read this talk. I love that not only are we invited to prioritize our lives to center around Christ but also making our covenants an important and special part of who we are. Elder Renlund teaches, “Covenants anchor us to the Savior and propel us along the path that leads to our heavenly home”. Whether we find a way to make the Sacrament more meaningful to us each week or attending the temple more often, deepening our understanding of the promises we have made to our Savior is critical to making ourselves the person the Savior knows we can be.
100% prioritizing Christ reminds me of a time when I was having a hard couple of weeks during my second semester of college. I decided I would read the Book of Mormon and pray twice a day to see if that would help. As I was praying one day with tears streaming down my face, I felt the Spirit strongly and had no doubt my Savior was talking to me. My life changed that day with a sure testimony that Christ knows exactly who I am. We just need to make the effort to align our lives so we know exactly who He is.
I know that when we throw our earthly/temporal cares away and focus more on what really matters--our Savior and covenants--we will become a much happier people. “Being converted unto the Lord starts with an unwavering commitment to God, followed by making that commitment part of who we are”.
I AM STATEMENT
I am a child of God. I know that.
I also know that just because I have made covenants with Heavenly Father doesn’t mean that I’ll have a perfect life; however, when I am doing what I’m supposed to, I am richly blessed.
FAITH IN ACTION
“God invites us to cast our old ways completely out of reach and begin a new life in Christ.”
I want you to think about either your life as a whole or things you do day-to-day. Is there something that you would like to fix or change? A new habit you would like to start?
When deciding what to “throw into the waterfall”, it doesn’t have to be big. It can be something as simple as spending time with your kids instead of being on your phone, reading just one verse of scripture, or making the Sabbath Day more holy. Pray to know what is right for you and your family.
A lot of people prioritize paying tithing first thing after getting a paycheck. Some people prioritize working out first thing in the morning. How many of us can say that we make ministering our priority at the first of the month? Or at all? I know that it can be hard to do, so start small! Be the first to say hi to the people you minister to at church, save them a seat at an activity, or send them a quick text saying you were thinking of them. Sometimes it can be the little things we do for others, like making time for them, that really lets that person know you care about them.
This week's lesson, “Be Ye Doers of the Word, and Not Hearers Only” applies perfectly to Elder Renlund's talk. Just as Joseph Smith prayed to know which was the true church, we can pray on HOW we can become better disciples in His church. How to be better in keeping our covenants, prioritizing/managing our time, and helping those we minister to. We must take counsel from the prophet and apostles and then not only listen to what they are asking us to do but actually make it a part of our lives by following through. If Joseph Smith would have just chosen to “listen” to what James 1:5 said- If ye lack wisdom, let him ask of God- and not acted, we would not be members of the restored church of Jesus Christ today.
Use this worksheet to identify what habits you want to throw out, or "into the waterfall", ponder why that habit was there in the first place and what you can do to replace it with something a little better! Below is just an example, only YOU can decide between the good, better, and best in your life!