We are Infinite beings on a mortal journey in a finite world. Our life and time are limited here and yet it’s so easy and altogether common to lose sight of this truth and take it for granted.
Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, once said,
“I believe that every human has a finite amount of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.”
Years ago when my family and I were down in Southern California on a trip we stopped by the California Science center there in Los Angeles. We went to see the Endeavor exhibit that had just opened and while we were there we bought tickets to the IMAX to see Hubble 3D. Amazing. Just blew me away. It always astounds me when I see images that the Hubble telescope has captured so an entire film directed towards it and the intricate process to get it fixed and upgraded was really mind blowing.
If you ever need a dose of reality I’m going to suggest watching that. It makes you realize just how small we are – how small our earth is in the vastness of the universe and if our earth is that small…how much smaller are we as individuals then?
We Are Everything to Him
One of my favorite, favorite, favorite quotes from Dieter F. Uchtdorf is when he said this:
“While we may look at the vast expanse of the universe and [ask], ‘What is man in comparison to the glory of creation?’
God Himself said we are the reason He created the universe!
Compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God!”
Time is Limited
This past week in various conversations and in the news that something has come up that has reminded me of this principle. One was a beautiful love story. A couple that met when they were children, both from different countries, reconnected years later, fell in love. He went over to her country and proposed, they married, lived a happy one year of their life together and she passed away very suddenly due to a cancer that was almost unsymptomatic.
Another article I read in the news about a teen that passed away again very suddenly. She went to a party and hours later passed away unaware that she had terminal cancer – very unsymptomatic again.
Another was an article of a young girl in her twenties that did have a little heads up (less than a year) that she had cancer and after her passing her family published a letter she had written. It was advice from Holly. She said,
“It’s just one of those things you ignore. The days tick by and you just expect they will keep on coming; until the unexpected happens.
“That’s the thing about life, It is fragile, precious and unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right, I’m 27 now. I don’t want to go. I love my life. I am happy…but the control is out of my hands. I haven’t started this note ‘before I die’ so that death is feared – I like the fact that we are mostly ignorant to it’s inevitability…it’s treated like a ‘taboo topic’ that will never happen to any of us. That’s been a bit tough. I just want people to stop worrying so much about the small, meaningless stresses in life and try to remember that we all have the same fate after it all so do what you can to make your time feel worthy and great.”
I’m so grateful for these reminders. I’m grateful for a different perspective that helps me remember the bigger picture. How much of our lives do we spend doing things that are useless? Things that don’t matter, talking about things that are insignificant? Buying things that won’t have value or that we don’t really need? Complaining about things that we won’t even remember in a few days? I’m just as guilty but trying to be better. How many of our finite heartbeats are we “wasting”?
I love that Holly said that death shouldn’t be feared or ignored or not talked about. It’s an inevitable fate for all of us. We don’t need to reside in scarcity and live our lives motivated by the fact that we only have so much time here.
“We are made of the stuff of eternity. We are eternal beings, children of the Almighty God, whose name is Endless and who promises eternal blessings without number. Endings are not our destiny…How grateful I am to my Heavenly Father that in His plan there are no true endings, only everlasting beginnings.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Knowing this, knowing that there aren’t any real endings gives us peace and abundance. It gives us joy, to live our mortal lives to the fullest capacity possible. Just enjoy this special time we have here. Enjoy learning, growing, loving, and becoming the best version of you possible.
Never think for a moment that you don’t matter. Never think for a moment that you are small or insignificant or that your life isn’t grand or valuable. You matter to Him.
“Compared to God, man is nothing; yet WE ARE EVERYTHING to Him.”
You are more than this mortal life. You are more than your limitations. There is more than this small piece we see and experience here.
“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis
Love life. Love this short opportunity to be here through your mortal journey. Love all the wonders and beauties it offers. Love the challenges, the trials, the things that help us to grow the most. Be grateful that you’re here. Be grateful for your family, your friends, for strangers that smile when you pass them. Love that you are here on this incredible planet in this endless universe and don’t forget to use your heartbeats wisely.
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