Sunday, July 23, 2000

Mosiah 4:30 -- On Watching and Thinking

"But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not."
Mosiah 4:30

And, O woman... :) I think that this is a really good scripture for me, that helps me remember the seriousness of the whole thing; sometimes you can be roller-skating along in life and you miss the sign that says "slow, serious choices ahead." you get to the choice and you are going too fast to really make it well... you just zoom onto one of the paths and figure... hey, if it's the wrong one, I’ll just come back.  But it's uphill and a long way to get back to the signpost, and it's way harder to come back than you thought it would be when you zoomed past initially.

I think it is good to remember that our souls... everything we are... is changed and created and re-made by those choices... and unless we slow down and think about what we are doing, and who we are becoming... we are going to become someone that we don't want to be. and of course, God provides for that as well... we can re-make ourselves, and turn around anytime we want to. it's just harder sometimes, when it's uphill, and you didn't bring your hiking boots... only your skates. :)

Also... sometimes I think that we are wandering through this life without really thinking about why... about who we *want* to be, about where we want to end up. we're just flying along, and figure we'll get wherever it is... and that's great, but what if you end up in the middle of Phoenix in July, with no air-conditioning? :) And all along you wanted to go to Alaska. Tough to realize that when you are actually there, and realize that the choice is a lot more permanent than you ever expected. This is eternity we're talking about... maybe we should think about it.

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