The lesson I taught the Beehives two weeks ago was called “Do the choices I make matter?” In preparation for the lesson, I started listing and writing about choices I’ve made that have mattered. I especially tried to focus on choices that seemed small at the time that ended up making a big difference in the course of my life or the state of my soul. I could have written for hours. Here are a few from my list:
At the same time I was preparing to teach the Beehives about choices mattering, a high councilman from our stake called me up to see if I would interview a number of people, mainly older high priests, in the stake and write 5-minute life sketches of them to be read at the stake high priest group social. So I decided to ask the people I interviewed about choices that mattered in their lives. Some were “big” (marriage, choice of college, etc) and others “small,” like the woman who told me about the difficulty of her family’s move to Utah when she was in high school, leaving her lonely and friendless. Until she decided to look up. “I told myself that I would look up. That instead of looking at my feet as I walked through school, I would look in people’s eyes.” That decision changed her life that year.
I loved the answers I got in these interviews because they revealed to me, just as when I looked back over my own life, that Heavenly Father is in the details, that the choices we make matter to Him because we matter to Him. That knowledge gives me humility and confidence as I try to make conscientious choices in my daily life.
What choices have you made, big or small, that have mattered in particular in your life? What choices have shown you Heavenly Father’s love for you?