What a difference a day can make. I have been pondering “life” a lot lately. My life, specifically. And, all of the lives that intersect and infinitely intertwine with mine [because life is definitely a team sport]. My life has been throwing me so many curve balls lately there’s been no time to duck and nowhere to hide. BAM! Splat! BAM! Splat! You know that infamous saying that “God only gives us as much as we can handle”? Well, it’s annoying! Here’s my response. “Oh really?! I stand all amazed He actually thinks that I can handle this.”
Dear God, may I please have a time out?!!! I’ve been giving this my all. You know that, right? But you’ve left me in the game way too long. Give me a break, or I’m done for!
Life is made up of days. Each day filled with hours, minutes and seconds. None of us actually know how many days we will have on this earth. I’ve always wondered if there’s some sort of invisible life-clock embedded inside each of us, and the moment we exit the womb it activates and starts counting down. [a very popular Sci-Fi theme!].
I logically know that some day I will die. But, I always secretly believe I am going to cheat the system and live forever. [Admit it, you've thought the same thing, huh?] I think that’s our soul’s song we’re hearing. Because, the truth is that we are going to live forever. Really. Our spirit never dies. It is eternal. But, as eternal beings, we are not meant to dwell long on this mortal shore.
So, are our days “numbered”? Obviously.
But, do we each have a “pre-assigned” number? hmmm….
What I do know is that each day of our life is a gift, and we get to choose how to use it and learn from it. Or, as Russell M. Nelson eloquently taught;
My dear brothers and sisters, each day is a day of decision. President Thomas S. Monson has taught us that “decisions determine destiny.”
The wise use of your freedom to make your own decisions is crucial to your spiritual growth, now and for eternity. You are never too young to learn, never too old to change. Your yearnings to learn and change come from a divinely instilled striving for eternal progression.
Each day brings opportunity for decisions for eternity.
- Russel M. Nelson, Decisions for Eternity Oct. 2013
I came across a quote/meme that my friend Seth Adam Smith posted on his Facebook page. It resonated with me, and made me pause.
The power of one.
What will you choose today that will determine your destiny?
And as I pass along, I’ll sing the Christian song, “I’m Going To Live Forever!”