50 Come, my brethren, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come buy and eat; yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price.
51 Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness.
(2 Nephi 9:50-51)
After quoting several chapters from Isaiah and teaching about the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the prophet Jacob paraphrased Isaiah 55:1-2 in the passage above. I would summarize this passage in these words: Why are you making life so hard? The best things in life–the things which will bring you permanent joy–are free. Why are you spending so much money and effort on things which will provide temporary happiness at best? Your life could be so much easier and happier if you would simply follow the gospel of Jesus Christ and let those other things go.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf challenged us to review whether we are prioritizing our efforts appropriately:
Are we making our discipleship too complicated?…
Sometimes we take the beautiful lily of God’s truth and gild it with layer upon layer of man-made good ideas, programs, and expectations. Each one, by itself, might be helpful and appropriate for a certain time and circumstance, but when they are laid on top of each other, they can create a mountain of sediment that becomes so thick and heavy that we risk losing sight of that precious flower we once loved so dearly….
As members of the Church, we need to make a conscientious effort to devote our energy and time to the things that truly matter, while uplifting our fellowmen and building the kingdom of God (“It Works Wonderfully!” General Conference, October 2015).
Today, I will simplify my life. I will recognize that, when life seems difficult, I may be part of the problem. I may be ladening myself with unrealistic and unnecessary expectations. Or I may be spending time, energy, and money on activities which do not provide a good return on the investment. Therefore, I will focus my attention on the basics: loving God and serving others. I will choose to spend my time and energy on the things that matter most and that will produce lasting happiness.