The Priests Left Their Labor – Alma 1:26

26 And when the priests left their labor to impart the word of God unto the people, the people also left their labors to hear the word of God. And when the priest had imparted unto them the word of God they all returned again diligently unto their labors; and the priest, not esteeming himself above his hearers, for the preacher was no better than the hearer, neither was the teacher any better than the learner; and thus they were all equal, and they did all labor, every man according to his strength.

One of the challenges of receiving priesthood responsibilities is determining how much time to spend on them. In my reading today, I was struck by the phrase “the priests left their labor.” I have a very long to-do list at work and am not always good at calibrating when I need to keep working vs. when I can set the list aside and pick it up again later. But I like the image of a priest intentionally setting aside his list with faith that the work will get done if he puts the kingdom of God first in his life. (See Matthew 6:33.) Priesthood responsibilities are real responsibilities and need to be given the same seriousness we give to work or family responsibilities. At times, that means that the home teaching visit or the service project takes precedence over the project we’re working on.
Today, I will consider my priesthood responsibilities, and will decide what I can do to manage my time more effectively, so that I can give sufficient time and energy to them.
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