(Yes, this could easily be a diatribe about the FOMLs complete inability to turn off a light switch, but it isn't. Since it is the sabbath, I'll try to offer something better... how about a little story?)
At this time of this experience I was serving as a Stake Missionary and Ward Mission Leader. (For those who don't know, each stake used to have a Stake Mission President and Stake Missionaries to help the full-time missionaries with the work. That program was disbanded, and remanded to the ward level a few years back. The calling of Stake Missionary was greatly feared, and probably the most refused calling in the church - that and nursery.)
It had been a difficult day at work, and I was in a bad mood when I got in my car. I was already late. I had a 30 minute commute ahead of me, and had to get home, change clothes, and meet the Elders for a missionary lesson. Great. I was not in the mood, and the traffic was only making it worse.
As I got nearer to my home, I started realizing that I was not in a good frame of mind to go to a missionary lesson. I wasn't feeling the Spirit coursing through my being. At all. So I looked at the clock and decided that I had about 20 minutes left to "flip the switch" and get in a better place spiritually, so that I could be of value at the lesson.
As soon as that concept went through my mind, the Spirit sent a much more important concept through my heart. He said:
"If you are having to flip the switch to 'turn on' your spirituality, when exactly did you turn it off?"
That is a tough question. Did I lose the Spirit at work? What chased him away? Contention? Weakness? Sin? For some reason the Spirit had chosen to leave me during the course of the day.
Or did I even have the Spirit with me when I began? Did I read my scriptures? Did I pray? Was I prepared to enter "Babylon" that day?
All tough questions.
Part of my responsibility as a priesthood holder, member of the Church, and father is to be ready.
Ready for what? When?
I dunno. Whatever comes. Whenever it comes. Since it is impossible to schedule or need for spirituality and priesthood power, there is really only one solution:
Don't turn off the switch.