March 17, 2020 – Better things to do

“We should begin by recognizing the reality that just because something is good is not a sufficient reason for doing it. The number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them. Some things are better than good, and these are the things that should command priority attention in our lives.”

  1. President Dallin H. Oaks, “Good, Better, Best”, General Conference, October 2007

We are busy. We all have various things that occupy our time. I’ve said before in a thought that just because we don’t have enough time to do what’s on our daily lists, doesn’t necessarily mean that what we need to accomplish that day is the best task for us to do in the first place.

We all have urgent, pressing tasks that are unavoidable. We all have tasks that we need to accomplish because others are depending on us to do them. But, we also do things that aren’t necessarily bad to do, but aren’t necessarily the best thing to be doing. And that list of the best tasks is a personal one. It could be different for each of us. Many things could also be the same because, ultimately, what’s the best for us, is strengthening our relationship with our Father.

We are human, mortals, afterall, and we need a break once and a while. I always go back to “little by little” as the Lord’s process of accomplishment of tasks so it should be the same for us. We can’t expect an overnight success story, or to run faster than we can. All things must be done in wisdom and order. As long as we are better today than yesterday. However, maybe we fall flat on our face today and we didn’t yesterday. As long as our reaction to that fall is in line with our priorities to be better and our heart is in the right place, we are getting better, little by little. If we give up because we have failed, then we are going backwards.

Over time, our tasks become the better things for us to do until they are the best things we can be doing.


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