Hold to the Rod

Here’s an interesting perspective on Lehi’s dream. In life we try to hold on to so many things, for so many different reasons. And although much of what we seek after may not be inherently evil, when we put the pursuit of trivial matters first it inevitably weighs us down and actually makes it harder for us to get a firm grip on the iron rod.

Hence the admonition from our Savior to “Seek ye first the kingdom of God,”. . . “For what is a man profited if he gain the whole world and lose his soul?”

Hold to the Iron Rod

I think this painting (by James C. Christensen) points out a great principle. Getting caught up in materialism quickly becomes a barrier to true discipleship. And it’s such an easy trap to get caught up in, is it not? Unless we are deliberate, we’ll get swept away the current of our culture with the insatiable desire to accumulate the things of this world, to be busier than needful, or as President Monson put it, to be immersed “in the thick of thin things” – things that don’t bring true fulfillment.

The truth of the matter is, we have to let go of the world in order to fully grasp all the blessings that Heavenly Father has in store for us. We need to give our whole heart to Him, not just the leftovers. We need to resolve to hold to the rod, first and foremost, and then “all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives” (Ezra Taft Benson). Letting go of the clutter in our lives enables us to get a grip on the source of true happiness!