One of my professors at BYU once said that “Death is not a period, but a comma in the story of our lives.” Once we understand that more comes after the “comma,” we realize that our lives are no longer simple sentences, but compound, even complex sentences.
So, this begs the question: What do you want the sentence of your lives to say? What do you want it to say?
Well, I’ll tell you what I want mine to say. I want it to read: “John Charles Eastwood loved all and served all as he served the Lord, his family, and his fellow men (comma) ultimately qualifying for and enjoying eternal life and exaltation with his sweetheart, children, and the rest of his family in the presence of God the Father.”
Unfortunately, that is not what it says now. Right now, it probably reads: “Elder Eastwood was a young boy who didn’t study like he should’ve, didn’t write home to his loving family enough, and didn’t treat his companions as well as he should’ve. He should’ve been more loving, kind, understanding, gentle, and supportive (comma) his work is not done and remains unfinished.”
Do you know how devastated and heartbroken I would be if this is what was read of me at the Judgment Bar? If I looked into the eyes of my beloved Savior and saw the pain I caused him? The Savior who told the Apostles and all of mankind in the Garden, in Matthew 26:36, “…sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder”? You know what he prayed about. You know what happened. You know your work here is not done.
This is where repentance comes in. It saves us. It allows us to rewrite the stories of our lives. You have the pen and paper in your hands.
Now let me ask you again: What is the sentence of your life going to say?