"This is our one and only chance at mortal life- here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone." Finding Joy In The Journey; President Thomas S.Monson
We Only Have One Chance At Life
President Urchtdorf once said virtues can become heavy weights around our necks if taken to the extreme. The secret to life is to somehow find a balance. Consider the following scripture about Christ's growing up years."And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man." (Luke 2:52)
Christ kept a balance. He didn't become extreme in any one area of life even in His spiritual life. It may be easy to think that because He was perfect that He must have dedicated His entire life to only His spiritual or religious side. We shouldn't forget that Christ already obtained Godhood in the pre-existence, so he had an advantage from the beginning of mortal life that we don't have.
The areas of life that Christ developed while growing up were;
- Wisdom (Intellectual)
- Stature (Physical)
- Favor With God (Spiritual)
- Favor With Man (Social)
It might be a good idea when planning your life and making goals to base them around these four.
Then there are some who have fallen prey to Satan's lies of eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.
"7 Yea, and there shall be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die; and it shall be well with us.
8 And there shall also be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry; nevertheless, fear God-he will justify in committing a little sin; yea, lie a little, take the advantage of one because of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor; there is no harm in this; and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God." (2 Nephi 28:7 - 8, Book of Mormon)
There are others who forget that God is a God of love and mercy, who has a forgiving disposition. These are people who unnecessarily burden themselves because of past sins already forgiven by God.
The prophets talk about the importance of work and at the same time not forgetting leisure that is uplifting. They also say it takes work to find edifying leisure because so much of it is dangerous to our spiritual well-being.
Death is certain. Death should be a happy time. If you have made the most of life in a righteous manner than it will be happy. We don't have a second chance at life.
President Eyring is big on not waiting for the future to make changes and repent. The prophets have also taught to always keep in the back of your mind that you will have a final judgment.
Someone once said that you don't do the world or yourself any good by living small. How can you become the greatest in this life and the next for that matter? Christ answered this question in the New Testament. Christ said the greatest in His kingdom is the one who serves the most.
The apostles taught that we should understand that each day and every hour is part of eternity. Our choices and how we spend every minute of every day matters.