Dec 2, 2011

Here's for Hoping!

Within the last few months I have heard of many people passing away. People that I have bonded with and some mere acquaintances. As I looked at photos and thoughtful words that many people left in memory of those who have gone beyond the veil, it made me wonder. What kind of impact will I leave? And will I have made a difference in anyone's life? I know that death is a part of life. We are here in this probationary state to learn as much as we can, go through trials that strengthen our character, testimony and faith which in turn help us draw nearer to the Lord. I know that families can be together forever because of what I have been taught. I know that sealing our little family was the best decision we could have ever made. I know that because we have done so, it doesn't stop there. Our goal was to become an eternal family and we will strive everyday of our lives to continue to stay an eternal family. As my thoughts began to process I wondered to myself if I was doing enough. In asking myself that question words of a hymn came to my mind:
"Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need? Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad? If not, I have failed indeed. Have anyone's burden been lighter today? Because I was willing to share. Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way? When they needed my help was I there?"

Now on any given Sunday, those words would have been just another hymn to sing but these words were so powerful to me today. It was plain and simple. Have I done any good in the world today? I know that I need to strive to live a better life. To strive to forget myself and serve others. Sometimes I can get a little selfish and in some things (not all) I wonder what's in it for me? Yes, this is a natural feeling but I know this isn't something that the Lord asks whenever I ask in fervent prayer for blessings and safe keeping of my loved ones. I know there is always room for improvement and as the end of the year draws near I hope that I find more time to become the best me I can be. I hope that I continue to be a faithful servant in this life. It gives me great comfort in knowing that my family is forever. It gives me great joy that my amazing husband will be with me through the eternities. He and our boys are my greatest motivation. And when that day comes when we are to meet our Maker, we will be welcomed with open arms and know that we are in His rest. There is no doubt in my mind that one day I will see those who have gone beyond the veil and that their spirit lives on. I hope we can all slow down once in a while to enjoy life's simple pleasures and feel of the Lord's tender mercies. Tomorrow is never promised so always continue to share the love you have for those around you.  


  1. Fantastic post! I needed to hear these things today. You're awesome!

  2. You inspire me Sister!! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!

  3. Jen you are amazing and I have you to thank for being such a wonderful impact in my life.
    Sister, I look up to you and admire you for being such a great example.

  4. Oh Talisha, I loved reading this. I often feel the same. Have I done any good today? Great reminder :)

  5. Oh Talisha, I loved reading this. I often feel the same. Have I done any good today? Great reminder :)


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