Tuesday’s Torch 553
September 17, 2019
Today was a good day. It just so happened to be my birthday and I had some fun with family. Had a couple nice meals with people I love and I spent the whole day with my kids! Plenty of people have messaged or called and posted birthday wishes, I am truly blessed.
I have done my best today to keep my mind off of my challenges and focus on my blessings. It’s not always easy but with Gods help it can be done. As I was reflecting leading up to this birthday I had a lot of mixed emotions. I’d like to put a couple into words. I just turned 40. That feels like such a big number. It feels like such a big number when I think back on all the friends and acquaintances that are no longer here.
I have a form of muscular dystrophy that is far less severe than the types that have taken the lives of my friends. Just a partial list, My friends who were more like brothers Tim and Joe, one of my best friends Wade from my childhood, a couple wonderful brothers several years younger than me Christopher and Cameron, my friend Kelly and an inspiring young woman named Joni are a few names that I’ll share out of far too long a list of people that I personally know that didn’t make it to 40, some not even close and had plenty of struggles during their lives.
I don’t know why it was I was given this blessing and so many others that many of them weren’t, but I can guarantee you that it definitely is not an issue of being deserving or not. And at this point in time not one of them would want me to spend my time simply being sad for them, they’d want me to live my life and make the most of my blessings. They would want us all to do that.
Now for any who are like me and feel like they are getting older, I’ll just dip into a scripture for a little guidance from Paul the Apostle. 1 Corinthians 13:11
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
I can look back and see so much time spent on things of no eternal value. Note: I don’t consider having fun and spending time in wholesome recreational activities to be bad. Those times have not been wasted. But I do recognize the things that are of most value as many of us do and will seek to spend more time doing those things than when I was younger. And obviously I can look back and see the things that I absolutely should’ve never wasted a single minute on. But that’s been dealt with.
I challenge us all to take a long hard look at the things that occupy our time and see if there are better uses of that time? Are we making enough time for our families? Do we have enough time for the scriptures and building our relationship with God? Are we staring at a phone screen while we let precious moments slip away that we could spend with our loved ones? If not, if we see that some very important things aren’t getting done because of anything, let us all seek to make changes.
Don’t beat yourself up over past wasted time or sins, that’s not what the gospel is about. Forgive yourself, repent if there are sins to repent of, and make the necessary corrections. Correct our thoughts, deeds and actions to match the testimony that we have in our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ his son.
Now is the time to become stronger, now is the time to learn and grow, to be or become the man or woman we are supposed to be. No more excuses, no more “I’m going to change”, no more waiting for something to change before we change.
Now, if you’re listening to these words and you are a child, that’s fine, enjoy your childhood, be a good kid, love God and love the Savior. But if you’re an adult, especially if you’re a rapidly getting older one like me. Be an adult. Get your stuff together if it isn’t, and even if you have your stuff together, strive for better.
There are some things I know for certain, those are that God lives, He loves us. His son Jesus Christ lives and loves us as well. Through them we may accomplish all things. Help is available to all who need it. I am so thoroughly blessed by my family, friends and loved ones. My children are the best and they keep me going and keep me striving to do better every single day. To be an example.
And I will honor those who didn’t get the amount of time that I have already been given in this mortal journey by making the most of it. By realizing how blessed I really am and it is my hope and prayer that we can all count our blessings and turn to God for all that we stand in need of. But never forget that you’ve got to put the work in, God gave us agency to act and do for ourselves and he isn’t gonna take that away. Want something? Work for it and the help will be there. God bless each of you and have a wonderful week! In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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