Thursday, January 10, 2013

Daily Battles 2013

As I've entered this new year, I've had many thoughts about what I can do to be a better Man, Husband, Father and servant of the Lord.

I'm sure that many of you have had similar thoughts and you've begun to implement them in your daily lives.  I wish you the best of luck in these endeavors!  I hope that 2013 is the year that you accomplish your goals!

Today, I've had to put a lot of my goals on hold, because I'm lying in bed with the flu. It's amazing to me that no matter how strong you are, or how much you try to stay well, a tiny, microscopic bug can knock you flat. Every time I get out of bed it feels like I'm dragging around weights tied to my arms and legs.  My body hurts  like it hasn't hurt in a long time and I just want to be well!!!

One thing it has shown to me is the vital role that Dad plays in the home.  I've been sequestered from my family in hopes of not spreading the disease.  My kids come in and blow me kisses as they go to bed and I can see that they long for a hug as badly as I long to hug them.  I can't wait until this period of contagiousness is over and I can be DAD again!

Family, work, exercise, Church callings, everything is on hold.

This really stinks!

The upside is that I know that I will be better soon and able to return to all those things that I truly love to do.   If I get the rest I need, take my medicine, drink plenty of fluids, and take care of myself, I'll be well again soon. I'm hoping to be well by this Saturday so I can take my sons to the temple to do some baptisms for their ancestors that they have been working so hard on.

While this little virus has really disrupted my has also made me pause to consider how often do I let little things, sins and misdeeds, do the same to me and I don't make the right effort to amend that?

We fight to get well when we are physically ill, but what about when we are in spiritual trouble? How hard do we fight to stay on the path of righteousness?  How many times do we justify a little sin and think that we'll be OK?

One thing that I've found that really does make a HUGE difference in my daily life is to A) Read the Book of Mormon, B) Say my personal morning prayer (asking specifically for help in avoiding things that will cause me to stumble) and C) facing my day like a Righteous Warrior, with discipline, hardship and a determination to win my battles.

Just as this illness has separated me from my family, so too does sin keep me from being the kind of man, husband and father that I know I can and should be.

Thankfully, when we do stumble, we have the grand gift of the atonement to help pick us back up.  Among my resolutions this year, I want to make greater use of this amazing gift.  Repentance should be an ongoing process.  I hope to use it to greater effect in my own life, to keep those little things from coming between me and my family.

In some upcoming posts, I'd like to lay out some battle plans for you.  I'd like to discuss "the Battle" that we fight on a daily basis, talk about "Why We Fight", outline "How To Fight" and then teach how to "Maintain Victories".  This is a topic that I've been teaching and refining for some time and I hope that you find it to be useful in your quest to become better men and righteous priesthood warriors.