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Pastor’s Desk: Balancing life’s demands

Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 12:52 pm

Brother Chris Herring, The Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter-Day Saints, Mexico Ward

“ I have a few suggestions that I hope will be valuable to those of you concerned with balancing life’s demands.

First, think about your life and set your priorities. Find some quiet time regularly to think deeply about where you are going and what you will need to do to get there. Jesus, our exemplar, often “withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed” (Luke 5:16).

Chris Herring, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mexico ward.

Chris Herring, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mexico ward.

We need to do the same thing occasionally to rejuvenate ourselves spiritually as the Savior did. Write down the tasks you would like to accomplish each day.

Keep foremost in mind the sacred covenants you have made with the Lord as you write down your daily schedules.

Second, set short-term goals that you can reach. Set goals that are well balanced—not too many nor too few, and not too high nor too low. Write down your attainable goals and work on them according to their importance. Pray for divine guidance in your goal setting.

Third, through wise budgeting, control your real needs and measure them carefully against your many wants in life.

Far too many individuals and families have incurred too much debt.

Be careful of the many attractive offers to borrow money. It is much easier to borrow money than it is to pay it back. There are no shortcuts to financial security. We never will have balance in our lives unless our finances are securely under control.

Remember to always pay a full tithing.

Fourth, stay close to your spouse, children, relatives, and friends. They will help you keep a balance in your life. Build relationships with your family and friends through open and honest communication.