These are my words, I wrote in my journal back in February of 2008.
“I get caught up (again, again) with the whirlwinds of urgent tasks and forget to feed my soul on the word of God.”
Oh boy, that still sounds familiar.
As I read that journal entry of over ten years ago and looked at my life now, it occurred to me that no matter the season of life we are in, it’s always a battle to make time for spiritual things.
There is always something to do–ALWAYS.
It just may be that our “thick of thin things” may be quenching the Spirit in our lives and taking away access to a most precious tool we all need everyday.
However, I ended my journal entry with a quote by Elder Keith K. Hilbig, from a talk entitled “Quench Not the Spirit Which Quickens the Inner Man”.
Do you wish to know the price to be paid for the privileges that are offered after we have received the Holy Ghost? The price is not a predetermined or fixed amount; rather, it is determined by each of us individually.
If you set your payment, which is your personal effort, very low, you may not be able to avail yourself of all the Spirit has to offer. You may even quench the Spirit! However, if you set your personal contribution high, you will reap an abundant harvest from the Spirit. The payment I reference is, of course, not money; rather, it is a greater commitment to and involvement in personal spiritual endeavors and behaviors.
If we undertake this effort and quench not the Spirit, our inner being is quickened. As we persevere, eternal life awaits us. Thus, we dare not quench the Spirit through disobedience or neglect. Rather, let us “live in the Spirit,”6 enhancing the sacred and essential role of the Holy Ghost in our individual lives.