Pick It Up

This is a reminder that we should always keep the commandments, even when it doesn’t seem like it matters. 

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Earlier this week I was on a bike ride at dusk. I was in the middle of the hardest portion of the trail; climbing, sweating, breathing hard, struggling up a steep hill surrounded by hot air and cactus. To my left was a tremendous sunset, and I took it as an excuse to stop and take a breather and a photo. (I'm a sucker for sunsets and Instagram). I pulled my phone from my pocket and snapped a couple shots. when I turned back to put my phone away, I saw a receipt had fallen to the ground from my pocket when I removed my phone. For just a split second, I had the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other. My first thought was to pick it up, and an instant later I thought, “Don’t bother, it doesn’t really matter, and no one will know it was me. It's not worth the effort.” My conscience was quick in response: “That’s pathetic. Is that the kind of person I am? Who cares if no one knows. I should pick it up.” It’s amazing to think that this tug-of-war took all of maybe one second of hesitation. 

When I bent down to pick up the receipt, my angle of view changed, and I saw that my truck key had also fallen out of my pocket when I removed my phone. Had I not picked up the receipt, I would’ve ridden off without my key. 

Keep the commandments. We often don’t see it, but we are constantly blessed in small and great ways by keeping the commandments however “insignificant.” As I rode on, I felt grateful that the gospel had made me into a such a person that shied away from even a small act of questionable character. 

Mosiah 2:22 is the scripture that came to mind. King Benjamin taught his people:

And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments; and he has promised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never doth vary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you.