Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Today, Tomorrow and Someday

"Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
Who saith, 'A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half;
trust God: see all, nor be afraid!'"
Rabbi Ben Ezra (1864), stanza 1
"God doesn’t care nearly as much about where you have been
as He does about where you are and, with His help, where you are willing to go."
~Jeffrey R. Holland (apostle, LDS Church)
Life is so much about progression: about change, about faith and about moving forward. God planned time and seasons of change because change is so good for us as humans! Change allows us to stretch, to learn, to grow and also gives us excitement and variety in life as well as motivating us to make goals, to "start fresh" and to become better as we look to the future. The past often holds many valuable memories and lessons that bring joy and enrich our lives. However, life is not about living in the past. It's about looking to the future! Our lives are all about the future. The future is the only thing we have power over. And the future holds everything for us! No matter what the past holds, the future holds who we will become. And the power of Christ's atonement is what makes all of this possible, if we choose to use it. God wants us to look to the future and to progress. He cares most about what we become!
"Faith is for the future. Faith builds on the past but never longs to stay there. Faith trusts that God has great things in store for each of us..." (Jeffrey R. Holland)