Years ago, I read a poem that described a woman’s day filled with constant responsibilities, a day in which she worked from dawn to dark and only then did she allow herself to rest and rejoice in coming to the end of a “perfect day.”
I truly thought to work continuously, stopping for as little rest as possible, was the definition of having a perfect day. Thus, I was constantly busy; constantly pushing and driving myself and every member of my family past preschool age to always be busy, busy, busy.
Sadly, I never came to the end of that “perfect day,” because I knew that in every day there was a time I had slacked off, time I had wasted, and work I hadn’t done. So, every day, I went to bed feeling frustrated and discouraged.
And then the day came when I had to finally admit that I was used up, burned out, and would never be diligent and committed enough to achieve “the perfect day.” Like the little boy in the story, The Empty Pot by Demi, I had to confess my failure.
And on that day, like the little boy in the story, I was shocked by the response I received from my Lord. Rather than casting me out in disgrace due to my failure, He lifted me up and showed me His definition of a perfect day:
That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day. (D&C 50:24)
From that day to this, I have gradually shifted my efforts from making a day perfect to continuing to seek for and rest in conscious contact with the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
And as the years have passed, more and more often, as I end my day, I feel the truth:
It has been a perfect day! Not because of my coming anywhere near putting in a perfect performance, but because of His perfect love.
Being mortal, I still am tempted to fuss a bit about what I might have, could have, should have done. But as I choose to let go of that temptation, I feel my Savior’s reassurance that the day has unfolded according to His perfect plan and purpose for me.
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