Why are we Here?

A Blue Sunday Family Portrait

You know, once I became a Wife and Mom, I discovered something unpleasant about myself: I am opinionated. I’ve worked hard to make my life the way it is, I’ve thought carefully about my choices, done my research. So, obviously, my way MUST be best, right?

Um, no, Myrnie. Actually, it’s not. 
I find myself learning this monthly, at least. In this life, I have one person I can change: me.

It’s not my job to change my husband. (Really, ladies. We can’t.)

It’s not my job to make my children’s choices for them. (Wait, didn’t someone try that one in the scriptures? It didn’t end well, did it?)
It’s not my job to tell my siblings precisely why their life plan isn’t going to pan out. (Ouch. Does anyone else have oldest-child syndrome going on?)
My job is to take care of my responsibilities the best I can. My job is to live my life as well as I possibly can, and know that I’m an example to everyone around me. My job is to love — to love without reserve, love without expectation, to love as the Savior did.
Christ suffered infinitely in the garden of Gethsemane. He loves infinitely. And you know what? He suffered in the garden, KNOWING that not everyone would accept His sacrifice. Not everyone would accept and apply the atonement in their lives. Can we love our families like that? Can we love and nurture, knowing that those we love are living their own lives, and are in God’s hands?
That’s why we’re here. We have exactly one chance at this life — let’s not waste it!
Chelan 083 Myrnie is Mom to two little girls, wife to her husband, and a lifelong book junkie. She can be found crafting here and being all crunchy here.

Photo credits to Pierre Bedat, Flickr Creative Commons
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09205857549533433625 Saimi

    Great Post and very true!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13585790815417752655 Myrnie

    Thank you, Saimi!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02944899733768126383 Patty Ann

    Great Post. I always try and remember the quote: God grant me the serenity to accept the ones I cannot change, courage to change the one I can, and wisdom to know it is me. It is a small twist on the classic Serenity Prayer that makes oh so much sense. Thank you for sharing today.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09464184135822609876 KC Mom

    It’s so true but it’s so hard to let go. I try to tell myself that Heavenly Father didn’t control his children or force them to make certain choices….I shouldn’t do it to mine either. But it’s so hard to see them making such terrible choices.
    A good reminder for me today.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08215431222961203620 Michelle

    Ah, sweet agency can be so bitter. This is good stuff. Thanks.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09355263068372248035 Heatherlyn

    So true!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09945247325982035591 Aunt LoLo

    Heh. True, true.