My friend, Amanda, gave some great thoughts that I want to share...
"One thing we shouldn't do is let the fear of failure or the need for perfection stop us from making and keeping commitments."
She mentioned how she wants to be a family that prays, reads the scriptures and holds family home evening together. She doesn't lack the desire to be better committed , but rather has the need to do those things perfectly which ultimately prevents her from following through with them. For example, she said that if she spent as much energy actually holding family home evening as she does analyzing why they don't hold it regularly, discussing ad nausea whose fault it is and how to change it and then planning endlessly future family nights and all the details associated with it, they would be family home evening champions. But she finds that she gets bogged down by obstacles of her own making through unrealistic expectations and unnecessary criterion.
"Sometimes our lives become consumed by our commitments to others and we feel beaten down, discouraged, frustrated and down right exhausted. It's not that everything we be perfect when we stay true to our commitments, but one thing is for sure. We will have rest; the Lord has promised us that.
2 Ne: 24:3 And it shall come to pass that in that day that the Lord shall give thee rest, from thy sorrow, and from they fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve"
**Are you guilty like me of putting things off because of "perfection
**Isn't it comforting to be reminded that the Lord has promised us "rest" when we stay true to our commitments?