Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Doctrine and Covenants 93:43

"And now a commandment I give unto you—if you will be delivered you shall set in order your own house, for there are many things that are not right in your house."
Doctrine and Covenants 93:43

 This is a good reminder.  I think that sometimes we want God to lead us to big things... some dramatic personal mission or maybe just we want God to help us with something big at work or school or whatever.  And here God reminds us how important it is to get our priorities straight.  Before we go after the dramatic change in other areas, let's make sure our homes are in order.  And that could mean different things for different people.  In this particular verse God was reprimanding people for not teaching their children light and truth, and that is very very important, but I think that the advice probably applies to other things as well... like making sure that our family relationships are solid.  Healing hurt that we've caused.   Treating our families with love and respect.  Cleaning the house, clothes, and dishes.  Making sure we are getting our homework done instead of just playing.  And so many other things that just come down to making sure we're organized and our homes can be a peaceful, welcoming place.
Today, let's examine our lives, and make sure that our home environment is welcoming to God.  And if it isn't, or if it could be improved, let's jump in and start setting our homes in order.  And after that, we can worry about being delivered, or whatever else we would like God to help us with.  ... And we'll feel better about it too.  This isn't about God holding blessings hostage until we do something for him.  It is about us needing to have our lives ready for the blessings that he really wants to give us.

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