I know what most of you are thinking: "BCC is such a profound fountain of wisdom, a stellar source of religious insight, and a crucial pillar of my faith! I can’t believe I get to read it for free! It seems too good to be true!" Well, guess what. It is too good to be true. For there’s a catch. All BCC commenters are required to perform periodic community service for us permabloggers. (It’s all laid out in the fine print of our comments policy, folks. I promise. If you’d have just read more carefully, you’d already know that.)
So here goes. Today’s task is relatively simple: You need to help me write the talk I’m giving this coming Sunday.
My wife and I moved into our new ward a few weeks ago, and we have just been asked to give two 8-10 minute Sacrament meeting talks. My wife will probably drone on and on about how we met and how wonderful I am (all lies), which forces me to have to say something substantive. As always, I’ve been given a topic: I must speak on Matthew 6:33, which reads as follows:
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
As every good Mormon knows, the leeway one has in speaking about "the topic" is pretty broad. As long as I use the word "kingdom," I’m probably within the boundaries. But this just makes my job harder: Figuring out how to approach a topic is 90% of the work (at least for me), and there are too many different directions I could go with this scripture. Thus, I’m soliciting your help.
What should I talk about? More to the point, what would you like to hear from a speaker in your ward that never gets said? Surely originality is always a plus in a sacrament talk. I don’t want my audience to get bored. What can I say that would meaningful, thought-provoking, uplifting, and non-obvious?
Penny for your thoughts. Thanks in advance.