1 My son, keep my words
And treasure my commandments within you.
2 Keep my commandments and live,
And my teaching as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
It is not enough to listen to the Father’s words, they ought to be kept and treasured. What does it mean to keep something? It is not only to observe, but also to maintain and protect. Keeping involves behavior. “Wisdom is proved right by all her children.”
This instruction, along with many others, gives us insight into human nature. We need not be told to do things that come naturally. Restraint is unnatural, as is patience and humility. It takes effort to develop these traits. You must fight your own nature. What advice are we given to keep up the fight? “Bind [my commandments] on your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Then they will be there when you need them.
Structure your world in such a way that you’re encouraged regularly. A ring on your finger may help, but there is more to it than that. Do nothing, and your desires will take over your life. What reminders do you need to keep things on track? Figure out what works for you and set it up. Develop good habits. Don’t rely on willpower alone. “Keep my commandments,” says the Father, “and live.”