incentives. part deux.

14 03 2010

Why do we sometimes find the incentives to disobey more enticing than their counterparts?

It’s really a two-part answer:

First, the incentives to disobey are usually granted immediately.
Second, the incentives to disobey have been packaged extremely well.

How do we overcome the well-packaged immediate incentives of disobedience?

I know what the general Sunday School answer is — but to be honest I’m not quite sure how to do it.

It seems that the only way to overcome the attractive distractions of disobedience is to keep your eyes firmly fixed on the eternal timeline.

“… remember to be carnally-minded is death, and to be spiritually-minded is life eternal.” (2 Nephi 9:39)

But how do you keep your mind eternally focused when the carnal exists in the present?

Ultimately the incentives to obey are ridiculously better than the ones to disobey.

“… you shall eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.” (D&C 14:7)

Obey = Greatest gift

But again the question is HOW do you keep an eternal perspective amidst the chaos of the present?

It’s hard because in order to do that we need to be constantly and actively engaged in the Gospel. Taking the smallest break from the Gospel allows Satan to get a foot in the door — and that’s all he really needs to get us looking at the other incentives out there.




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