I joined the Church as a 19y0 college student with all the passion and idealism of youth. I would surely keep every commandment perfectly. I would do anything, go anywhere, for The Church of Jesus Christ, even if that meant serving a mission in the most remote corner of the earth or having 17 children. But I wasn’t asked to serve a remote mission or bear 17 children. In fact, the things that I was asked to do were comparitively simple—teach a primary class, visit the less active, greet newcomers with friendship. But I often found myself overwhelmed by life and feeling guilty about all that I felt I had neglected (and often still do).
A friend recently shared this quote from Elder Richard G. Scott:
“Keep perspective. When you have done all that you can reasonably do, rest the burden in the hands of the Lord. When I take a small pebble and place it directly in front of my eye, it takes on the appearance of a mighty boulder. It is all I can see. It becomes all-consuming—like the problems of a loved one that affect our lives every waking moment. When the things you realistically can do to help are done, leave the matter in the hands of the Lord and worry no more. Do not feel guilty because you cannot do more. Do not waste your energy on useless worry. The Lord will take the pebble that fills your vision and cast it down among the challenges you will face in your eternal progress. It will then be seen in perspective. In time, you will feel impressions and know how to give further help. You will find more peace and happiness, will not neglect others that need you, and will be able to give greater help because of that eternal perspective.” -Richard G. Scott (1988)
I am still learning how to put my burden in the Lord’s hands. It is so comforting to know that Heavenly Father will not allow my friends and family to be neglected when I have done all I can do. I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ.