Thursday, February 5, 2009

A Wise Selection

"The Lord in the Doctrine and Covenants tells us to be 'anxiously engaged in good causes'. This suggests we can't respond to all causes. We must be selective in the things we seek to do in terms of community and civic chores. But it also suggests we ought to devote a measure of our time and talent to do these things, for they do count on the scales of action as God sees it.

"The world is full of fads. The world is full of the marches of lemmings to the sea. The world is full of causes that lead into conceptual cul-de-sacs. Our task, therefore, is to be wise in the selection of good causes, using the scriptures and the modern prophets as our guide.

"Anne Morrow Lindbergh, in her book Gift from the Sea, says: 'My life cannot implement in action all the demands of all the people to whom my heart responds.' You will care for more things than you will be able to do things about. Wise selection of causes is one of the highest forms of the uses of free agency that there is, and, really, one of the ways God tests our basic wisdom and our capacity to love."

(Neal A Maxwell, speech delivered at Catalina Young Adult Conference, 23 Oct 1972)

1 comment:

  1. We are all so overwhelmed with things that have to be done and no time to do them all. It is so true that we have to pick and choose what we do in our day. What are the most important tasks; are often times hard to decide. In the church I truly believe that if we work together and all do our part that we can accomplish many things, we can do all that is needed to be done. I am going to use this thought when I meet with our RS Presidency’s in their ward conference, explaining to them that as each sister realizes the important role she has as a visiting teacher it will relive the load from our leaders. It is really sad that we do not fully understand the importance of being an active visiting teacher.


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