Sunday, April 19, 2015

Cares of the World

Today I'm home sick from church so I'm catching up on some conference I missed.
Elder Oaks in the Parable of Sower said,

"We are overcome by the “cares … of this life” when we are paralyzed by fear of the future, which hinders our going forward in faith, trusting in God and His promises."

I struggle with this one, sure I get caught up in the cares of the world, our carpet is so awful. But not all is superficial. I worry about saving for my children's missions, for our missions, will we have any money to help them with college, are we saving enough for retirement, what about a family vacations (my kids can't remember anything from 2013 except our trip to Costa Rica), retirement we'll never have enough for retirement, what about a rainy day, let's not forget that both of our car windshields have huge cracks in them and need replacing, oh and swim lessons, and piano lessons, and food storage and photo albums. Oh my I could go on and on. Point being I desperately needed Elder Oaks quote.

Retirement! Are you on the right path to retirement? Are you saving enough?
Part of my problem with retirement is I feel like at a certain point in life my church service depends on how well I saved for retirement. This is not exactly true, but we'll leave my fears and personal issues aside for another day, because now we are getting too personal.

Retirement-- save it now

5 minutes later, on further reflection. I've decided there is a difference between being anxiously engaged in a good cause and panic from the "fear of future". Being concerned for your future retirement so you are actively working towards independence so you can follow the Lord's path for your life is a good thing. Being filled will fear so nothing happens and money is paralyzing is not so much a good thing since we've been taught faith and fear can not coexist.

10 minutes later, I'm not saying I'm anxiously engaged in a good cause when it comes to retirement. I spend half my life paralyzed with fear. Our will needs to updated. Oh my husband got a raise let's put it into retirement, oh wait we need to put the oldest in piano. The outside of our house needed to painted about 5 years ago (yes we are those people). Wait retirement! Yeah I am just hoping one day the Lord will sanctify me enough to turn me into the anxiously engaged in a good cause woman instead of the basket-case I am.

If you ever wonder what attracted my husband and I to each other, after discussing political theory, we would discuss the best way to budget personal finances. Have no fear that was 8 months before we started dating.
That's a nephew with us.
I don't believe in soul mates, but if we both discussed personal finance with each other for FUN, then maybe we were as close as it comes.

The real moral of this post is maybe I have adult adhd.
just kidding.

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