Saturday, June 8, 2013

Doctrine and Covenants 101:37

"Therefore, care not for the body, neither the life of the body; but care for the soul, and for the life of the soul."
Doctrine and Covenants 101:37

This is a good scripture about priorities.  So much of our lives are wrapped up in worrying about our bodies.  We need to eat, and sleep, and walk, and function. :)  We worry about dieting, about depression, about sickness, about satisfying desires of many kinds, and we worry about death.  I think if we sat down and figured it out, we would find that worrying about our bodies consumes a large part of our time.  And, in part, this is a good thing.  We're here on earth to learn how to function with bodies, and bodies bring us a lot of joy.  We need to value the gift of our bodies and take care of them.  But when our bodies get in the way of our focus on God, just like with anything else, we need to rethink our priorities.
Our desires are not more important than God.  Our sicknesses are not more important than God.  Our deaths are not more important than God.  ... Can you imagine if we as a society spent even a fraction of the time that we spend dieting on God instead?  Not that dieting is bad... being healthy is a good thing. :)  But God is more important.
Our *souls* need some help.  We need to be spiritually clean much more than we need to be physically clean.  Today, let's go on a spiritual diet.  We aren't getting enough of the spirit in our lives... we need a much higher dose.  Let's get more scripture study, let's get more prayer.  Let's attend church for that extra kick. :)  Let's worry less about our bodies... what they look like, and as long as they are functional, let's worry less about what they want.  Let's put God at the very top of our priority list... and I promise, we'll have less to worry about overall.

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