This experience made me think about the opportunities we are given in life. I think sometimes we are fooled when we get caught up in popular culture. No matter how many roles our favorite actors play in the movies, each person who comes into this world really only has one chance at life and becoming who they want to become. Change and repentance are possible, but the further we go down an undesirable road, the more difficult it becomes to turn around, and the more time- and energy-consuming the return path becomes.
Along with that "one chance" principle, it is important to realize that we do not have enough time to do and be good at EVERYthing. Thus, I think we need to choose early who we want to be and work toward that goal. If, when we self-evaluate where we are and how we are doing, we find that we are doing things that are not helping us reach that goal, it is time to change those parts of ourselves.
What do you want to be? What do you want people to remember about you? What do you want to teach your children?
Earlier this month, Lynn G. Robbins spoke during the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In his talk, "What manner of men and women ought ye to be?" he discussed the relationship between "be" and "do", and how in order to be Christlike, one must do Christlike acts. He also spoke to parents about teaching and disciplining their children in such a way as to encourage good qualities and discourage bad actions. He taught that:
"Christlike to be’s cannot be seen, but they are the motivating force behind what we do, which can be seen. When parents help a child learn to walk, for example, we see parents doing things like steadying and praising their child. These do’s reveal the unseen love in their hearts and the unseen faith and hope in their child’s potential. Day after day their efforts continue—evidence of the unseen be’s of patience and diligence."Being a true disciple of Jesus Christ is an identity I want to claim and work toward. Deciding now who and what I want to be, and then aligning my actions can get me to that goal. Work toward your goals and encourage those around you to do and be their best. And if you want to develop a new talent, go for it! :o)