Monday, October 21, 2013

Day 1: Closer to Christ

At church yesterday we were given the opportunity to participate in a 22 day challenge called Closer to Christ.  Each day there is a question, some scriptures to read and another question to ponder through out the day.  It is suggested that we do it in the mornings so that we can ponder during the day.  If our schedule doesn't allow morning study then they suggested that we read at night and then use the next day to ponder what we read.  They gave the challenge to the youth but then extended it to any adult that would like to participate.  I decided I would. Then I decided that I would blog each day because writing helps me get my thoughts out and in order and some times helps me see things more clearly.  So here is Day 1:

Question: How can I follow in Christ's steps?

Read: 1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
Abraham 1:2  And, finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers, and the right whereunto I should be ordained to administer the same; having been myself a follower of righteousness, desiring also to be one who possessed great knowledge, and to be a greater follower of righteousness, and to possess a greater knowledge, and to be a father of many nations, a prince of peace, and desiring to receive instructions, and to keep the commandments of God, I became a rightful heir, a High Priest, holding the right belonging to the fathers.
Moroni 7:48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.

Ponder: How can I follow in Christ's steps today? In all my decisions I will ask:"What would Christ do?"

Do those who know you,
But don't know Christ,
Want to know Christ,
Because they know you?
This is tough. It is so easy to get caught up in the day and the moment that we forget to stop and see where we are and what we are doing.  Yesterday Zane was out playing with some of the neighbor kids.  They had found some one's junk pit and had hauled junk to the bushes to make a fort.  They had chairs, windows, an old TV, a toaster, all sorts of things to make their fort.  It was quite creative and they had a lot of fun building it.  Then in the midst of their fun they decided to break the glass.  Caught up in the moment, no one stopped to think that maybe that was something they shouldn't do.  They all laughed and even though not everyone participated in the actual breaking of the glass, they were all guilty by association.  Later that day Michael took the dogs out for a walk and went by the fort to see what they had built.  He found shattered glass all over the place.  It was actually quite dangerous. We called Zane and after a little prodding found out what had happened.  We asked him why he didn't stand up and say not to do that when he knew it was wrong.  His answer, "I don't know."  Well, we called the boys and got everything cleaned up, no harm done.  Boys will be boys :)
My point in telling this story is that how often do we get caught up in the moment only to realize later that maybe it wasn't them best thing to be doing?  When questioned why, either by some one else or our self, how often do we say, "I don't know"?  It is hard to constantly check ourselves to see if we are in line with the Savior.  After all, we are imperfect human beings.  We make mistakes.  That's why Christ came in the first place right?  However, there are things that we can do to become better.  The first is to pray.  We can pray for strength and guidance.  We can pray for His Spirit to be with us to lead us in the right direction.  We are promised that He will always be with us if we but ask.  Second, we need that desire.  We have to want to do right.  Really want to. We have to let that desire motivate us.  We also have to know Christ.  How can we follow in His footsteps if we don't know Him? 
President Thomas S. Monson gave this advice: "seek heavenly guidance one day at a time. Life by the yard is hard; by the inch it’s a cinch. Each of us can be true for just one day—and then one more and then one more after that—until we’ve lived a lifetime guided by the Spirit, a lifetime close to the Lord, a lifetime of good deeds and righteousness."
I heard that in a talk he gave last year and I refer to it often.  If I just take one step at a time in the right direction and not worry about anything else, then I can make it.  To follow in Christ's footsteps we just have to take one step at a time.  He has shown us the way to go and He will be there with us as we try to follow the path He laid out for us.


Zach and Sarah said...

Emma, I love your insights on parenting, on life, and on living the gospel.

Emma said...

Thank you Sarah :)