For at least two Summers in a row--maybe three-- we've promised the kids we'd take them to Lagoon. Lagoon is Utah's amusement park and is, evidently, more popular in Boise than it is in Salt Lake. Ever since moving here the kids have had a HUGE desire to go. Never once did they mention it when we actually lived in Utah.
We were supposed to go there this weekend. In fact, we'd be driving home now. However, in light of our recent reality check, we decided not to go. Something about being flung about at ungodly speeds just didn't sound helpful.
Even more than that, though, we really wanted to stay in town to watch
speakers had me specifically in mind while preparing his/her talk. I LOVED conference, but instead of feeling that connection to one speaker, I was blessed to hear several thoughts that got me thinking.
Brother Hamilton's talk seemed especially relevant to our decision to stay home this weekend. Sometimes it's just one little decision that can get us headed in the wrong direction.
Years ago I heard a story that I think about every now and again and was
reminded of today. It's the story of a trucking company. They were
hiring and wanted to be sure they were getting the most highly skilled drivers they possibly could. As the interviews began, the same question was asked to each applicant: How close can you get to the edge of a cliff without going over? The answers were almost all the same: Oh, very close! I can get so close that half of the outer wheel is off the edge, but the truck remains steady. I can get so close that I can feel the gravel slip under the tires, but I'm always able to pull up and get back on stable ground. So close that all the wheels on the passenger side are off, and I'm balancing the truck on just half of the wheels! One applicant, however, couldn't provide an answer. He simply said, "I don't know. I stay as far away from the edge as possible."
My point is this: Conference helps me stay away from the edge of the road. Helps me hug the mountain. It reminds me that there is safety in doing what the Lord asks of us. Whether we think we are strong enough to just be a little disobedient and come right back, whether we think we can be very disobedient and put off repentance until we're done with the "fun stuff", whatever we think and however we try to tell ourselves we'll be OK, it's best to just stay away from the edge completely. That's how we stay safe. That's how we stay strong.