Sunday, May 25, 2014

WORTH EMULATING 10: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU

 
Imagine for a minute that today everything you own was lost due to a natural disaster. 
What would you be the most distraught about losing? 
The thought of losing everything I own is one that truly gives me nightmares. I would be devastated. There are so many things that I own that have sentimental value as well as things that I really just enjoy having because they bring me comfort and dare I say, Joy. 
However, as much as I might love these things, they aren't lasting. One day I will be gone from this Earthly life and I won't be able to "check" a bag or even bring a small carry-on of my possessions. I can't take them with me. All of it will be left behind as if it was never mine to begin with.
However, I don't have to leave this Earth behind empty handed. Sure, I won't have any of my "things" but I can accumulate much needed "equipment" here on Earth that I can take with me. These are things that should be a priority now so we can have them later. 
The first thing is FAMILY. 
We are taught that "The same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy." (D&C 130:2) This means that the people, whether it be family or friends, that we are close with here on Earth we will be close with in the next life. Now is the time to develop and strengthen those relationships. Spend time with those who you care about now. I look back at the brief time I had with my Grandmothers and wish I had been with them more while I had the chance. You will never regret quality time spent with those who truly matter. 
The second thing is KNOWLEDGE. 
One of the biggest reasons we are here on Earth is to gain experience. Knowledge can come from studying as well as through simply living. We can gain knowledge from our own personal experiences. All that we learn here on Earth we will be able to take with us in the next life. It is important to gain secular knowledge but it is critical that we gain spiritual knowledge. We often forget how necessary it is to stay "spiritually charged". I'm sure none of us would let our cell phone batteries go without a charge for even a day, but how often do we allow ourselves to go without being spiritually charged?   
Now don't get me wrong, there is nothing bad about having or even enjoying material things. What is wrong is making those items a priority. When we become more focused on our possessions than we are on our spirituality or the relationships we have with those around us, then it becomes a problem.  Are you more focused on "worldly" things than you should be? Are you taking the time necessary to develop your talents and gain much needed knowledge? Do you spend quality time with your family to help develop meaningful relationships? Take some time to honestly prioritize your life and be sure that your focus lies in the things you can take with you. 
W O R D   O F   T H E   W E E K: Prioritize

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