Crazy Schedule? A Closer Look at Elder Bednar's Advice for Busy People

“Home should be the ultimate combination of time and space wherein individuals and families remember most effectively God’s great and precious promises." —Elder David A. Bednar

Dance classes, music classes, sports, before school activities, after school activities, homework, orthodontist appointments, parent-teach conferences, all day date-dances, gym memberships, book clubs, neighborhood association meetings and on and on. Do you feel like you are running at a constant sprint just to make it through the day?

I have often thought of how ridiculous our schedules are. We spend endless hours away from home and it seems that our life’s purpose is reduced to acting as chauffeurs that stop for a hamburger-dinner in-between Johnny’s soccer practice and Sally’s dance class. Is this what the Lord had in mind when He created us? How does this kind of schedule help ourselves and our families become partakers of the divine nature as opposed to the natural man?

When Elder David A. Bednar gave his recent General Conference address, I hung on every word, and I thought I understood every word. Little did I know that his talk was the beginning of my journey to understand my true purpose as a mother. In Elder Bednar’s words:

“One of the great challenges each of us faces every day is to not allow the concerns of this world to so dominate our time and energy that we neglect the eternal things that matter most. We can be too easily diverted from remembering and focusing upon essential spiritual priorities because of our many responsibilities and busy schedules. Sometimes we try to run so fast that we may forget where we are going and why we are running.”
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