Who Is Your God?
The Primary program is coming up in my branch, and I’ve been practicing with my girls what they’re going to say. Before the kids sing “I am a Child of God,” my 3-year-old, Sophia, is going to say, “I know that God is my Heavenly Father.”
Pretty simple, right?
Well, we were practicing the other day, and I had her repeat the sentence after me, and instead of that, she accidentally mixed up the words and said this:
“I know that my God is Heavenly Father.”
At first I laughed a little because of the cute mistake, but then I got to thinking … that is SO profound.
Because really, do we always treat Heavenly Father as our god?
Do we run to *Him* for help during trials? Or do we try to manage on our own, or turn to worldly sources of temporary comfort?
Do we strive to please *Him*? Or are we too busy seeking “likes” and approval from others?
Are we devoted to *Him*? Or are we devoted to our money, careers, or hobbies?
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me” is the very first of the Ten Commandments. Turns out that doesn’t just apply to the ancient Israelites thousands of years ago—it applies to you and me right now! Like President Spencer W. Kimball said, “Whatever thing a man sets his heart and his trust in most is his god; and if his god doesn’t also happen to be the true and living God of Israel, that man is laboring in idolatry.”
Sophia’s scripted line still stands true: God is our Heavenly Father. That’s an eternal, unchanging, glorious truth.
But her improvised line—”my God is Heavenly Father” … now THAT is something to strive for every day.