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Make Time to Do What You Love

By Mormon.org
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Do What You Love

We get it! Everybody’s to-do list has its fair share of “wish we didn’t have to do” items on it. That’s part of life. But just because our lists are full of responsibilities and necessities doesn’t mean we shouldn’t carve out some time to do the things we love to do as well. It’s all about perspective and priorities. Amid all the “have to” things on our list, we need to do make time to do what we love. Here’s why.

God Wants Your Happily Ever After

The scriptures teach this simple truth: “Men are, that they might have joy” (2 Nephi 2:25). That means that we are here on earth to find joy. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf has taught: “‘Happily ever after’ is not something found only in fairy tales. You can have it! It is available for you!” Our lives will not be without adversity and the mundane of day-to-day living, but with God’s help and direction, we can find our way to happiness. And that way includes doing the things we love, especially when those things align with God and His plan of happiness.

You Are Uniquely You On Purpose

There’s a reason you love to do certain things more than others. You’re good at them, and they make you feel complete. That’s not a coincidence. The scriptures teach, “For all have not every gift given unto them; for there are many gifts, and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God” (D&C 46:11). So take the gifts God has given you and fit them into your list. Whether what you love involves art, music, laughter with friends, moments with family, quiet spaces of solitude, delicious meals, time outdoors, a good workout, or a book by the fire, make time for the things you love because they define who you are as a child of God.

You Have Something to Give

Doing what you love is good for you, but it’s good for those around you too. If the things you love to do are more personal—like time with a book or a hike in nature—keep your activities in perspective. Balance your time filling your own bucket with opportunities to lift and strengthen others. Once you have been rejuvenated by something you love, reach out and lend your strength to others. If the things you love to do naturally benefit others—like creating a meal for your family or serving in your community—then you are well on your way to strengthening others by doing what you love.

With so many things on our lists every day, accomplishing them can be a juggling act. Some things are necessary and some things aren’t, but when we make time to do the things we love, we are energized to tackle the rest of the list, strengthening those around us and finding our happily ever after every day.