Wednesday, January 28, 2009

One Line of Scripture

Several years ago, I owned a small business in which I cleaned the homes of several clients each week. Since money was tight, my husband and I both had more than one job as we struggled to pay bills and prepare for our future family. I worked hard physically cleaning the homes and began contemplating raising my prices. I had cleaned most of the homes for over a year and felt my experience could warrant an increase in pay. I also researched and found that I was charging much less than most cleaning companies.

Each time I considered how I would go about asking for more money, I felt unsettled and uncertain as to what I should do. I spoke with my husband, Steve, many times about my feelings and he agreed that my services were valuable and I had proved my worth to my clients, but he didn’t know how to approach the delicate subject either.

I prayed to know what I should do. I asked for guidance as I struggled to find a way to raise my prices. I remember one night in particular because I spent extra time on my knees pleading with my Father in Heaven to help me make the right decision. After praying, my husband and I began our scripture study together.
We were reading in the New Testament in the book of Luke and as I read aloud a verse caught my attention. Chapter 3 verse 14 reads, “And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.”

The last line of this verse seemed to speak right to me and my heart warmed with the prompting of the Spirit. I was surprised at the direct and specific revelation that I had been given. Although this wasn’t the answer I thought I would receive, I decided to heed the counsel. It seemed such a simple and direct command to “be content with your wages.” I continued working and the anxiety and worry I had experienced dissipated as I was content with my wages. Money still remained tight, but our jobs were steady and we knew the Lord would help us.

A few months later, one of my clients gave me a raise because she was pleased with my work. I was thrilled and then overcome with joy and gratitude when two more of my clients followed suit. I had not mentioned anything about desiring a raise and yet had received one. Because of this experience, I was assured that my Heavenly Father is aware of my needs. Not only had he helped me find the answer to my question but then he sent a solution to my problem as well.

I know the scriptures have been given to us to guide us through our problems and help us find answers to our questions. I have continued to turn to my scriptures whenever I need help in solving a problem or making a difficult decision. Each time I read the scriptures, different verses seem to stand out which apply to my current situation. I know the Book of Mormon and Bible are true scripture and a gift from our Heavenly Father to help us through this mortal life.

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