Wednesday, July 28, 2010

An Unlikely Parenting Scripture?

I was reading in 3 Nephi 14 today. It's one of my favorite chapters. As I was reading verses 3-5, I was suddenly reading them in a different way than I've ever read them before. I've been thinking about parenting a lot lately, and these verses really stuck out to me. (I replaced "brother" with "child.")

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy [child]’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy [child]: Let me pull the mote out of thine eye—and behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast the mote out of thy [child]’s eye.

So many times in parenting, we think it's our job to correct our children's every mistake. However, I'm beginning to see that it's much more important to lead by example - to "first cast the beam out of [my] own eye." They'll learn more by watching me than by listening my words - I've heard that said many times. But it's finally starting to really sink in. Parenting is an inward process. I need to work on making myself a worthy example to follow. Changes will happen faster that way than if I were to tell them what to do all day!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


This video hit close to home! It's an excellent reminder of why we do what we do. (I'm pretty sure I cried through the entire video!) You can read the whole talk HERE.

And here's a picture of why I do what I do:

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