Three weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to go to girl’s camp, where we have a ‘mormon-famous’ speaker teach one of our devotionals every year. This year we were blessed to hear from Calee Reed, an amazing singer (whose songs are on youtube) who taught me exactly what I needed to hear. With her permission, I am going to tell you about feeding the bunny.
Imagine a small child begging her parents for a pet bunny. She’s promising them that she’ll take care of it, she’ll feed it, she’ll clean its cage. Basically, she will do anything for this bunny! Pretend this child is you and after years of convincing, your parents are finally letting you get your bunny. For the first few weeks, or even months, taking care of your bunny is so fun! You’re feeding her every twenty minutes because she’s SO CUTE! You clean her cage every week because she’s perfect and you don’t mind. But when the fun wears off, you start forgetting about her and you forget to feed her a few times and during finals week at school you completely forget that she exists (oops). What would you do if I told you that the bunny is your testimony?
As a child, you rely on your parents’ testimonies until Heavenly Father gives you experiences that help yours to develop. Once your testimony is strong enough to stand alone, it becomes yours, you are no longer dependent upon those that you looked up to when you were younger. When you first notice this, it is because you are doing everything you can to help your testimony grow: reading your scriptures, praying, going to church, serving others and all of the other primary answers. As time goes on, you forget about your testimony’s need to be fed. You become too busy or too tired and you forget to nourish it. Like the bunny, your testimony can become huge and fluffy or if neglected, it can die. When I put it that way, I end up telling myself that feeding my bunny (testimony) to keep it alive should be my top priority every day. So, why isn’t it? Why is it so easy for us to forget about our bunny or to make excuses about why we can’t care for it at the moment? Luckily, we are blessed because unlike the bunny, with hard work, dedication and the Lord’s help, your testimony can be revived even if you think it’s gone.
In what ways will you feed your bunny? How will you remind yourself to feed your bunny?