I guess May is going to be a month of "Look At Your Life, Tristi!" church lessons. Hey, that's fabulous! Every time I look at my life, I learn a whole lot in the process. It's not always pretty, but it's educational.
Today we were talking about temptation and how it comes from a very real source. We also discussed how a good person won't immediately succumb to a large sin right off the bat, but the adversary will sneak in a little at a time with little tiny sins, and once he gets us to partake of those, he can then start tempting us with larger things. This put me right in mind of a quote from Neil A. Maxwell, who said something along the lines of, (and I paraphrase) one of Satan's biggest tools is distraction. If he can get us too busy doing good things to do the great things, then he can keep us distracted from really accomplishing those things we're supposed to be accomplishing. Oh, boy, does that hit home for me!
I'm one of those that gets distracted by doing good things. I'll have a to-do list, and at the end of the day, find that only half of it got done because I was so busy doing good somewhere else. And I'll find that I didn't get my scriptures read or my prayers said because I was so busy doing laundry and reading to my kids. It's not that laundry and reading aren't good -- they're excellent. But if I'm not attending to my spiritual growth, the rest isn't as important.
So that's my goal for this week -- to concentrate on getting the most important things done, and to stop getting distracted. I know it's easier blogged than done. I'll let you know how it goes.