Keeping Score

Sometimes I monitor the behavior of other people and make a mental note of all things they’re doing that they shouldn’t be or that they’re doing “wrong” (i.e. differently than I would do it).

I’m very good at finding the mote in someone else’s eye, is what I’m saying. (Luke 6: 41-42, Matthew 7:3-5)

I’ve found it helpful to ask myself in that moment “What are you going to DO with this information, self?” I’m not really going to present the object of my ire with a spreadsheet documenting all the occasions when they misused the word “there” or loaded the dishwasher wrong (or whatever thing I’m annoyed by), am I? No, of course not, that would be ridiculous!

In last week’s Come, Follow Me the first section is titled “I show my love for Jesus Christ by keeping His commandment to love.” Keeping score of another’s shortcomings isn’t very loving, is it? It doesn’t even matter if I never share that information with anyone, if I’m keeping score, that means I’m not loving that person in my heart, therefore I’m not keeping the commandment the way I should be.

I’ll continue to ask myself “What are you going to DO with this information?” when I start to keep score and remind myself to think a loving thought about the other person instead.

And now for something completely different!

I was reading an article on LDS Living about things that Derek Westra (the author) has learned from participating in a challenge to read (or listen to) all of President Nelson’s conference talks from 1984-2018 in 3 months.

I didn’t even know that was a thing! And now I want to do it, too!

I’ve been having lots of fun reading and writing about the talks from the last General Conference but I think assigning myself 2 talks per week to write about has been a little too ambitious (I keep falling behind!) and it might not mesh well with my new calling (I’ll fill you in next week after I’m sustained, promise!).

I’ll continue to read and write about General Conference talks, but I’m officially giving myself permission to dispense with the schedule I had created and permission to write about other stuff, too, like reading the Book of Mormon and the 2019 Come, Follow Me curriculum.