Friday, August 27, 2010

Make Christ the Center of Our Lives

As I have pondered lately I have reflected on this quote from Elder Scott from this past General Conference,
This Easter, resolve to make the Lord Jesus Christ the living center of your home. Be sure that every decision you make, whether it be of a spiritual or physical nature, be guided by the thought “What would the Lord Jesus Christ have me do?” When the Savior is the center of your home, it is filled with peace and serenity. There is a spirit of calm assurance that pervades the home that is felt by the children and adults alike.

The best way to make a permanent change for good is to make Jesus Christ your model and His teachings your guide for life.
I think this would look different in every home.  I'm still not sure what it means to my family.  We are discussing, learning and praying.  I think the wording of Christ being the "living center" of our home to me is especially interesting as I strive to think of things in terms of circular versus linear.

Before I realize that we had all the components of a Christ-centered home.  We had prayer, scriptures, fasting, Family Home Evening, regular temple attendance, church attendance, tithing, service, etc.  However I'm not sure that Christ was actually the living center of all of that.  It was just sort of assumed.  Sure we talked of Christ and we did everything for Christ, but I still think we were missing it.  Christ was a far off goal in the distant horizon, He wasn't the living center of our lives. 

Being the living center He is real, He is always present, always teaching and we are always learning.

Just some musings....


Misty said...

That has been something on my mind, too. We do lots of good things, but making Christ the "living center" has been something that has eluded us.

Thank you for posting that quote. It is beautiful, and I had forgotten it. That's one that will go hung up in our home.

Tricia said...

That's an interesting point- not just the center, but the "living" center... I think He is never more "living" for me than when I'm Praying Always- literally all day long. Then, He can't help but be alive for me and come out through my words and deeds in our home. I need to be better at Praying Always on the good days- not just when times are tough.

crazy4boys said...

Excellent quote. In a way it's great "ammo" to use for some of the changes I'd like to make. As I work through our priorities and schedules/goals I'll be sure to think about how we can make Him the Living Center. It will also be a great guide to determine if the things we are doing are appropriate, meaning can He truly Live in our home or are the activities, words, habits we have forcing Him out.

Kellie, said...

What a great topic to think about!!

I happened to find your blog by accident a few days ago and I hope you don't mind if I read because I have loved what I have read so far.

The Smith Family said...
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The Smith Family said...

This has been on my mind too. The quote is beautiful and timely :)

Many blessings to you and your family

Ranee said...

I LOVE this! Bringing Christ SO close to us, that He truly becomes a part of all we decide to do or say, in life! That's such a great reminder, that He is already there for us. It's usually us, who doesn't let Him into our lives close enough! Such a beautiful and wonderful idea! And the reminder that He is the LIVING center...that has real meaning to me! :0)