In Elder Dallin H. Oaks’s talk in the October 2007 general conference, he talked about things that are “good, better, and best.” When he got to the part about “the over-scheduling of children,” I squirmed guiltily in my seat.
I knew I was doing too much. I was in school plays, taking challenging classes in school, and was involved in several other activities. I hadn’t been attending Young Women activities faithfully, and my Sundays were filled with the stress of trying to complete last-minute homework. Practicing music and editing the school newspaper had lost their element of fun and had become work.
That talk made me take a good look at my schedule. As I tried to organize my schedule and decide which activities to forsake, I was reminded of a scripture-mastery verse from seminary: “Remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation” (Helaman 5:12).
This scripture always helps remind me that when we do what the Lord wants us to do first, everything else will fall neatly into place. If I study my scriptures before I play games or even before I do my math homework, everything will get done. When I base my life around the Lord, instead of adding Him in as an afterthought, my life has an added measure of peace and success.