February 1, 2020 – Act well thy part

32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.

33 And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.

  1. Alma 34:32-33

For reasons yet unknown to me, I woke up (or was awaken) around 5:30 with a clear thought from William Shakespeare, “what e’er thou art, act well thy part”. Then I thought about my life and what I had accomplished given the opportunities I had as well as what I neglected to do with my life that I should have done or become the person I should have become. I was born into the truth. Have I taken that for granted? Have I squandered away my time with useless endeavors and procrastinations? Have I been filling my mind with mindless entertainment and fruits void of righteouness?

Then I thought about what legacy I am leaving. If I died today, will my family and close associates know that I loved the Lord? Did they see that in my everyday actions? If not, why not? I could be called home at any time. Isn’t how I am living infinitely more important than what I’ve been able to secure or where I am living? Are my priorities indicative of the person I was meant to be? How do I want to be remembered?

Back to my original thought…”act well thy part”. I wear several hats. Husband, father, son, brother, friend, engineer, neighbor, etc. Those are all important, especially husband and father. How do I measure up on the yard stick of good, decent people? Do I act well my part in those different roles? Do I even know what my part is to act accordingly?

But the most important hat I wear is the same one every single one of us wears. I am a child of God. We are children of Heavenly Father. We have innate abilities in us because of who we are and where we came from. In that, do I act well my part? Do I even act like a child of diety? I have the additional blessing of knowing the truth. Do I share that truth, at least through my daily actions and example? Am I grateful for that?

I’ve rambled on enough. I just have this overwhelming sense that I need to do better, in all my roles. I need to be improving in everything I do. I am not here to while away my time, but to prepare myself everyday. That is one thing that separates us from Satan…we CAN improve, he can’t. I don’t know when my today will be my last on earth. Do others around me know who I am, what I stand for, and that I love them?


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