photo taken by my husband. (Words added, obviously, by me.)
We are taught and taught and taught to read our scriptures and say our prayers on a daily basis. In fact, it's taught to do these things more than once a day. Most of the time we hear we need to read morning and night and always have a prayer in our hearts. But if I know I'm supposed to, and I know that I feel like a better me when I do, why do I always put it off? Why do I think it's okay to go to bed without reading my scriptures or saying my prayers? Isn't that, in a way, saying, "Hey I got this under control...I don't need your help?" Like really, if I think about it, that's what I am pretty much saying. My life is going pretty good lately...I must be doing alright on my own. Oh my heavens! That is so false. There is no way I could do this on my own. I need Him. I need His strength and His example and love in my life all the time.
So if I know this why are these two simple things such big things? Maybe it's because I need to personally strengthen my testimony even deeper. When we are strong in our testimonies in certain things we are more inclined to do those things. For instance, I know this church is true, and therefore, there is nothing that could make me decide to become inactive or fall away. So if I work on my testimony of the simple act of reading my scriptures reading them will become natural. It will become a thing I look forward to doing instead of something I am doing just because I am told to do so.
It's the natural man that does this. That's my answer. I need to overcome the natural man and remember who I am and WHOSE I am. I am a daughter of God. There are things bigger than this life. There are things of greater importance. I love this story shared by Quentin L. Cook: