About a month ago in Relief Society we had a lesson about being good moms. And the teacher referenced a talk that said "be brilliant at the basics". Just that one little quote struck something in me and it has helped me decide what my spiritual goal is for this year.
So I got out my notebook and I started making a list of the basic things in my life. I kind of got overwhelmed. Because under each basic thing is a million things to do to be brilliant at that one simple thing! And next thing I knew, my list wasn't basic anymore. It was something like this.
Be a brilliant mom
-dont do that
- do more of this
- teach her this
all the way to z.
And it was that way with each thing I thought I wanted to be brilliant at! So I had to take a step back and decide what were the most important things to be brilliant at. I want to be a brilliant mom, wife and friend/sister/daughter. The tricky part seemed to be figuring out how to be brilliant at those things without having 1000 things on my to do list every day.
Then I was reading in the Book of Mormon when Alma is talking to his sons. And a scripture leaped out at me. Its Alma 37:44 and it says...
O my son, do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way; for so was it was with our fathers; for so was it prepared for them, that if they would look they might live; even so is it with us. The way is prepared and if we will look we might live forever.
I've thought a lot about this and it is how I came up with what I need to be brilliant at. Every week at church there are those Sunday School answers to just about every question -- read your scriptures and say your prayers. It sure sounds easy but I'll be honest I've gotten pretty lazy about those things. I was counting reading those picture scriptures with Ivy before bed as scripture study. And family prayer, plus little prayers here or there in my head counts as personal prayer right? Uh, not so much.
SO, long story short. My spiritual goal this year is to become brilliant at personal scripture study and personal prayer. I really feel that doing these to things will help me be the kind of mom, wife, and friend that I want to be. It will help me make better decisions every day to bring me and those around me closer to Heavenly Father. I've pulled out my actual scriptures and I read and I ponder. I try and take notes. It is keeping me so much more focused. I'm trying to say my prayers before I get in to bed, actually saying them out loud so my mind doesn't wander. I'm not perfect at it every day thats for sure, but hopefully by the end of the year I can be kind of brilliant at it.