With life recently not going as smooth as I would intend between being sick, car accident, and Chase passing away has had me look at life differently. I'm such a busy body with being constantly on the go, and I get in these funks where I just allow life to pass by. When I get in these funks I notice that I don't tell Todd I love him as much as I should, I neglect calling my parents regularly to tell them about AZ happenings, getting to bed quickly becomes a higher priority than prayer, and going through the motions of life is a daily occurrence.
I hate that the recent events have happened, but at the same time it has humbled me. Seeing that Heavenly Father's plan for Chase was shorter than anyone expected has challenged me to stop and evaluate my own life. What if today was the last day I would see Todd until we met again in heaven? What if my parents were no longer around, and I went weeks without calling them? The thought of not being able to see my family until we meet beyond the veil made me realize that I need to be more involved with those I love, and be less focused on daily distractions. I recognize that I need to be more sensitive to the promptings of the spirit to guide me, and direct me to live life to it's full potential.
"If we are focused on the things of the world, we can miss a whole spiritual world that is all around us. We may not be able to recognize the spiritual promptings that the Holy Ghost is anxious to give us to direct our lives and to bless others. Conversely, if we focus on the things of the Spirit and that which is "virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy" (Articles of Faith 1:13), then we’re less likely to be sidetracked by the temptations and distractions of the world. The best way to avoid distractions is to have our focus firmly set on our purpose and be anxiously engaged in a good cause. Be careful of your focus—don’t spend time focused on climbing a mountain only to discover you have climbed the wrong one."
Randall L. Ridd
Second Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency
An Evening with Brother Randall L. Ridd
Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults • January 11, 2021 • Brigham Young University–Idaho
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