I found a great quote today, that sums up a little of what I have felt lately, about life in general. I think this explains quite well, why we are purging our "stuff", teaching our children to work, reading great classics, not letting our kids play soccer (Whatever shall we do?? LOL) or participate in other activities out of the home, etc. In short, this quote helps to explain the beauty and power of personal revelation and the true meaning of the familiar saying "Less is more!"
"Mothers who know do less. They permit less of what will not bear good fruit eternally. They allow less media in their homes, less distraction, less activity that draws their children away from their home. Mothers who know are willing to live on less and consume less of the world’s goods in order to spend more time with their children—more time eating together, more time working together, more time reading together, more time talking, laughing, singing, and exemplifying. These mothers choose carefully and do not try to choose it all. Their goal is to prepare a rising generation of children who will take the gospel of Jesus Christ into the entire world. Their goal is to prepare future fathers and mothers who will be builders of the Lord’s kingdom for the next 50 years. That is influence; that is power.” ~Julie B. Beck, “Mothers Who Know,” Oct.2007
As parents, we are each given specific knowledge and understanding that is applicable to our family, alone. No one else need do what we do, say what we say, teach what or how we teach, schedule how, when and what we schedule, add what we add, omit what we omit, or live life the way we do. It is vital, that we don't allow the world and all of its distractions to get in the way. It is vital, that we give meaning only, to the important things people say and then let the unimportant things go in one ear and out the other. It is vital that we each come to a personal understanding of our individual missions in this life and then inspire our children to see glimpses of their own important missions as well. We need to teach them recognize the spirit of the Lord when it is present. We must teach our children about leadership, mission, integrity, virtue etc.
How I LOVE the word virtue! I am a little embarrassed that I just recently came to have a true understanding of the meaning of virtue. When something is virtuous, it performs well, the duties for which it was created. A pencil is virtuous when it writes well, a spoon is virtuous when it stirs or serves well. A person is virtuous when he/she takes the time to study out their mission in this life, and then fulfills that mission to the best of their abilities. How important it is then, for us to know what our mission is and also for us to inspire others to know that they have a mission and to find out what it is. How I long to be in the company of friends and family, in the next life, who have all fulfilled their life's missions and aren't sad because they didn't understand the purpose of their lives. I want my Savior to tell me that He is pleased with my work upon this earth and that I am a "good and faithful servant". How wonderful it will be to know that we have lived virtuous lives and that our lives have been a masterpiece dedicated to our Father in Heaven! How wonderful it is to know, that knowledge and our families, are the only 2 things we can take with us into the next life! It is fitting then, to cast the distractions, words and opinions of the world away, and get busy studying great classic literature, strengthening our family relationships and cultivating a love of learning together!
There are times and seasons in life and they vary in length and application for each family. Not every family will choose to do what we have chosen to do. They don't need to. They don't need to agree with what we have chosen for our family, either. Heavenly Father has chosen Pete and I to be the parents of 5 precious, sweethearts. He knows that the knowledge and strength to nurture, love, teach and protect these sweet kiddo's, is innate in us. It is our privilege and responsibility to dig down deep, uncover those spiritual and physical gifts that He has given us, and use them to do His will for ourselves and our family.