Creating my day with Christ’s help
I went to bed feeling a bit stressed about how today would unfold, as the plan changed right before we retired for the night. I woke up tired and wondering how things would shake out.
After all the children were off to school, I walked back into the kitchen to get started. I had already made a choice that allowed me to have a pocket of time that I wasn’t going to have. I felt good about that. And then I had this thought: Christ is our Creator, and every day I create my day in partnership with God. He divided the day from the night and put lights in the heavens. He created our day and night and that daily separation of the day in halves that governs our lives. But then He has basically left the rest up to me. What will I do with my time today? I have my agency, and so I can make changes as are necessary. And when I can’t make changes to my day, I can choose my attitude and pray for help.
Just that thought alone gave me energy.
I sat down shortly thereafter and, not having gotten to study my scriptures before my day with the family began, and re-read Elder Christofferson’s article on “How to Make Christ the Center of Our Lives.” And then I wanted to study more about Christ being our Creator. But I remembered a prompting I had in the middle of the night, and I acted on that memory to accomplish it. And I felt happy! Like I had done one of the most important things for today, and so the rest could follow.
So I went back to Elder Christofferson’s talk and noticed how he talks about how to put Christ at the center: “We could begin by stripping everything out of our lives and then putting it back together in priority order with the Savior at the center.”
This reminded me of how I organize a spot in a room to match it’s purpose. I empty out the drawer or basket or shelf of everything that is there. I clean the space and then I only put back what is truly needful for helping me (or my family) to accomplish the purpose of that room and that particular space. If I pick a small space, it doesn’t take long to order that space so that it becomes more effective and lovelier to see.
It seems that this is a pattern that applies not only to space, but to time/life/energy/focus.
For my day today, I can take the time available to me and decide how I want to use it.
This is such an empowering thought! Agency is powerful! I’m reminded of the day when I was battling discouragement and depression and read 2 Nephi 10:23.* I had this ah-ha moment when I felt that agency was a key to overcoming depression. It was a totally energizing, light-filling, empowering moment!
Sometimes I think my thoughts turn to the negative simply because I forget to use my agency to act on that which will bring me closer to Christ in that moment, whether it be choosing to be grateful or positive, even when I can’t change the circumstances, or to choose to change the circumstances so that I can do what is more needful.
I remembered this morning that in Abraham 3:24-25 it talks about the creation, so I went there to read. I was remembering that Christ invited some of God’s valiant spirit children to participate in the creation (premortally). He said, “We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell;/And we will prove them herewith [meaning us!], to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them.”
Reading Abraham 3 is a humbling experience! It reminds me that God and Christ know everything and that I certainly do not!😊
It also reminded me of a conversation I had with someone this week about a movie called “The Man Who Knew Infinity.” I went and watched the trailer, and now I definitely want to watch it.
It makes me question: Why is it so hard for people to believe in God and in His Omniscience when there are people on earth who are geniuses? I have always been fascinated by people’s lives, and in learning about people throughout history, I see that people’s lives are amazing–from the humblest people to those well-known for their intelligence. But Christ is more intelligent than any of us. “I am the Lord thy God, I am more intelligent than they all” (Abr.3:19).
And that reminds me that if I need some help organizing my day, if I go to the most intelligent people of all–my loving Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ, I’m going to be able to figure out how to use my time to meet the needs of my family and others.
*”Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves—to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.”