I have been thinking about that a lot lately.
Yesterday I attended the funeral for the father of one of my good friends. He passed away last week after a violent battle with H1N1/pneumonia. Ever since I found out that he was so sick, my thoughts and prayers have not left my cute friend and her cute family. My heart has been hurting for their family.
The funeral was a wonderful tribute to her amazing father and painted a beautiful picture of the kind of man he was, and still is. We are so lucky to have the Gospel in our lives and I know this family has been able to feel some comfort during this difficult time because of their knowledge of eternal families. They know he is waiting for them to join him someday and that he is taking care of his grandchildren that have not yet come to this earth. They will see him again.
In the wake of this tragedy, it has made me reflect on the things that I need to work on in my life. We never know when our time on earth will come to an end, so we need to be our best self and treasure every moment. One of my favorite primary songs has been coming to my mind a lot lately:
"My life is a gift. My life has a plan. My life has a purpose; in heaven it began. My choice was to come to this lovely home on earth and seek for God's light to direct me from birth.
I will follow God's plan for me. Holding fast to his word and his love. I will work, and I will pray, I will always walk in his way. Then I will happy on earth and in my home above."
We don't always like Heavenly Father's plan for us, or for those we love, but he knows what's best for us and He will guide us and direct us if we let Him. I love the words to this song. I do want to follow God's plan for me. I hope I can always walk in his way. I know that truly is the only way to be happy.
I will pray a little more. Have a little more faith. Read my scriptures more. Give a little more service. Smile more often. Be a little nicer. Have a better attitude. Tell my family and friends I love them more often. Have a little more patience. Have a little more compassion. I will live life to its fullest. I will not take things for granted. I will count my blessings.
I know if I do these things, then I really will be happy on this earth and in my home above.