I had one of those moments in church yesterday. You know the moment when some bit of information (gospel principle) is shared with you and suddenly it dawns on you that you have a huge, enormous responsibility. One of those moments when you realize you have a lot of work to do and you feel slightly (read: completely) overwhelmed and inadequate. Yup, I had one of those moments. I was sitting in Marriage and Family Relations where we have been discussing children lately, and the topic of the armor of God got brought up.
Doctrine and Covenants 27: 15-18:
"Wherefore, lift up your hearts and rejoice, and gird up your loins, and take upon you my whole armor, that ye may be able to withstand the evil day, having done all, that ye may be able to stand. Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, which I have sent mine angels to commit unto you;
Taking the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked; And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of my Spirit, which I will pour out upon you, and my word which I reveal unto you, and be agreed as touching all things whatsoever ye ask of me, and be faithful until I come, and ye shall be caught up, that where I am ye shall be also."
We talked about the responsibility of parents in arming their children with the armor of God and that's when that overwhelming feeling hit. It's not like I didn't know that I needed to do that, but it just hit me particularly hard yesterday. I realized the awesome responsibility to teach my children what they need to know in order to battle against Satan. That's no small task. But I know I can do it. The reason I know is because my parents taught me how to put on the armor of God and how to ward off Satan. It's not going to be easy, oh no, not easy at all. And I won't pretend like it's going to be easy. I'm up to the challenge though, because I want my children to succeed and to make it back to their Heavenly Father. Just like I know my mom and dad want me to succeed and make it back. So, while I may be overwhelmed and intimidated and, quite frankly, shakin in my boots, I know I can do it. (With a lot of help from a much more capable source, of course).