Repairing The Slow Drip…Drip…Drip, From Our Souls!

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If you have ever had a leaky faucet in your home, you understand that a small constant drip of water, over time, can do tremendous damage. As an insurance agent I have seen a number of occasions where an entire bathroom floor has rotted out due to a small water leak. It took years to accomplish, but the damage by the “slow drip” was devastating and the repairs were costly. If the “drip” had been repaired when it was small, the cost would have been nominal. Sometimes the “slow drip” goes undiscovered, but often it seems to be so insignificance that the homeowner neglects to repair it. After all, its just a “slow drip”. Years may go by, but the “slow drip” never rests and eventually the homeowner pays a heavy price for their procrastination. It is at that time that the homeowner laments the cost he is now paying for the neglect of his duty. If they had only envisioned that fateful day, perhaps it would have motivated them to stop the “slow drip” years earlier.

All of us understand the damage that can come about when we neglect small things in repairing our homes. However, our spiritual homes are just as vulnerable to the “slow drip” as our physical homes. And like our temporal homes, it is sometimes easier to put off repairing small leaks for another day. After all, its just a “slow drip”. What kind of “slow drips” occur in our lives that, over time, and left unrepaired, can become devastating to us and our families. Well…unfortunately, like temporal homes, there are many. There are almost too many to mention. It could be just a general “slow drip” of passivity towards the gospel. The drip might be a lack of motivation to read in the scriptures, pray, or go to church. It could be in inappropriate things we read, view, or our attitude towards church leadership. The “slow drip” could be the gradual acceptance of worldly views that are contrary to the teachings of the church. It might be the rationalization that breaking of a commandment is not that important. In short, there are innumerable ways by which we can allow “slow drips” in our lives. All of us will experience slow drips during the course of this life. The key is to stop them before irreparable damage is done to us and our families.

I like what  Henry B. Eyring told the young women of the church. He said-

“Testimony requires the nurturing by the prayer of faith, the hungering for the word of God in the scriptures, and the obedience to the truth we have received. There is danger in neglecting prayer. There is danger to our testimony in only casual study and reading of the scriptures. They are necessary nutrients for our testimony.” (“A Living Testimony”, April 2011).

President Eyring went on to say-

“Feasting on the word of God, heartfelt prayer, and obedience to the Lord’s commandments must be applied evenly and continually for your testimony to grow and prosper.”

President Eyring is warning us that sometimes we allow “slow drips” in our lives. But he warned us that if we don’t nourish the word and have faith, we cannot partake of the “fruit of the tree of life”. (Alma 32:40). His advise is essentially the same as mine, “Stop the slow leak before you lose the house.” All of us should take a regular inventory of our lives to make sure that if “slow drips” are happening in our spiritual homes, we repair them before serious damage occurs

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