"Bianca, will you do the dishes?" "Ya ma, in a min.." 10 min later, "Bianca, DISHES." "Coming...." (still in my room, doing.. not the dishes). 30 min go by and I hear the dishes being done, by... not me..
How many times have we said we're going to do what God has asked us to do, and I end up not doing it? I'm sure many times.There is a parable in the Bible that relates to this. Matt 21:28-32
...A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.
Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
The first son, said he wasn't going to do it at all. He felt bad, repented and went and did what his father asked. The second son said he was going to do it and ended up not doing it.
Is it better to say you will do something or to actually do it?
My mom always said in our house, "If you say your going to do something then by heck you gosh darn better do it." Pretty intimidating phrase yes?
What about the promises that we make to our Heavenly Father? Maybe the promises that we made to Him when we were baptized, or the promises we made when we entered the temple, or what about promises we make to him in our prayers? Maybe that we would be better at missionary work, not yell at our family members, or that we would try and read our scriptures everyday?
I know that when I don't keep my promises that I made to Him that I don't feel very good. The spirit will always help remind me of the promises that I make to him, but its up to me to keep my promises.
I know its important for us to do the things that we say we are going to do. We are able to be trusted by our family members, friends, co-workers and most importantly the Lord.
Its a great feeling knowing that these people trust you because we do what we say we are going to do.
How can we be better at this? JUST DO IT! Ask the Lord for guidance and a friendly reminder.
Remember who you are and what you stand for!