Two weeks ago our whole team met in person for the first time ever, and boy was it sweet! It was an awesome thing to pray for each of you, and then to receive so many ideas and inspiration to move this work along.
One idea that we’re so excited to share is that starting with this month we will be choosing a monthly theme, around which we will create study guides, a free scripture printable for memorizing (which you can access through our brand-new newsletter!), family lessons, and even more amazing blog content! We hope these tools will help you as you grow your faith.
So without further ado, the theme for October is Obedience: Becoming Your True Self. Now, I have to stop for a minute, as I imagine some of you may be thinking, “Really … obedience?” Admittedly, the word obedience doesn’t have a very exciting reputation. However, when we stop to think about it, obedience should be one of the most thrilling words in the Christian vocabulary, because it is through obedience that we unlock all of God’s blessings! It is by obedience—or living true to the things God asks of us—that we’re allowed to live in freedom from the world, and have revealed to us our true nature and abilities. Obedience allows us to become who we really are.
As the Savior taught “Whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 16:24)
In contrast, the world has done a great job of selling the lie that the best way to find ourselves is to follow the world. It tells us that our worth is largely determined by whether we conform to its seasonal prescriptions of how we should dress, talk, and even eat. Unlike following God’s way, trying to keep up with worldly trends is exhausting, and never leaves us with true satisfaction! Following the world will never lead us to become who we truly are.
The Savior put it this way, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:25)
Dieter F. Uchtorf explains, “Here on earth… our thoughts and actions become encumbered with that which is corrupt, unholy, and impure. The dust and filth of the world stain our souls, making it difficult to recognize and remember our birthright and purpose. [The] moment we choose to incline our hearts to our beloved Savior and set foot upon the path of discipleship, something miraculous happens. We come to see obedience not as a punishment but as a liberating path to our divine destiny. And gradually, the corruption, dust, and limitations of this earth begin to fall away. Eventually, the priceless, eternal spirit of the heavenly being within us is revealed, and a radiance of goodness becomes our nature.”
Being obedient allows us to see ourselves as God does, and then gives us the freedom from the world to become that person.
Choosing obedience is like signing up for the best personal trainer, who can see inside of you what you may not see in yourself, and who knows how to get you there! Personally, following God’s direction has shown me my talents. It’s led me to opportunities. It’s humbled me to the dust, and then filled me with glimpses of my inherent worth, and of the person that God knows I can become.
I believe each of us is here on earth for a purpose, to do certain things, and become someone great. Because God knows and loves us, and also knows all things, He has given us commandments to help us become the best version of ourselves, the version that will make us the happiest! As we’re obedient we learn what matters most, and gain confidence, courage and energy to develop into who we really are.
We’re excited to dive more into the topic of obedience with you this month at the Small Seed! We’re excited to have you follow along with us, and share your own ideas and studies by using the hashtag #nourishtheseed.
As we study together we want to leave you with an invitation. This month we invite you to prayerfully ask God what you can do in your own life to be more obedient. Maybe it’s courage to follow a prompting you’ve had for a while. Maybe it’s to stop some behavior that has distanced you from God, or to start doing something that will bring you closer to Him. Whatever your answer, we encourage you to follow it! As you do so we promise that you will find a new level of happiness, and become a step closer to your true self.
I can’t wait to do the same!