Sometimes you just need a deep thought (or a good kick in the pants) to remind you what is most important in life. Neal A Maxwell can just about always give me a good dosage of perspective when I need it.
Here are a few thoughts I came across while listening to an old BYU devotional while while cooking dinner yesterday. They remind me that the everyday tasks of being a parent might seem mundane, but they can actually bringing me closer to God (if done with the right attitude). If I ever feel like my life is boring or there should be more to it than loads of laundry and grocery lists, I just need to read this talk again.
"Routine, like trials, can bring us closer to God, or move us away from Him. What seems common place, seldom is."
Are your routines bringing you closer to God?
In the same talk, Elder Maxwell also said:
"Occasionally I see individuals who are meeting life's challenges
reasonably well but who unfortunately fail to appreciate the general
adequacy of their response. They let the seeming ordinariness of life
dampen their spirits. Though actually coping and growing, some ask the
quiet inner-soul satisfaction which can steady them. Instead they seem
to experience a lingering sense that there is something more important
they should be doing or that their chores are somehow not quite what was
expected, as if what is quietly achieved in righteous individual living
or in parenthood is not sufficiently spectacular.
Feeling unrequited as to role and feeling underwhelmed do not occur,
however, because of a structural failure in this divinely designed
second estate. Rather they occur because of a lack of love, for love
helps us to see and to respond to those opportunities which have been
allotted to us and which lie unused all about us. Before we complain
about the curriculum in mortality, or more particularly our current
class schedules, we would do well to remember who designed the
curriculum and to allow for however many other places it has been
For the full text of the talk, go here and click on the first talk (it is called Grounded, Rooted, Established and Settled.)