I recently read a talk given by Elder Jeffery R. Holland called The Best Is Yet To Be. I loved how inspiring and hopeful his message was. I realize it is easy to get stuck in the routine of our daily lives and forget the amazing things our future may hold. Sometimes we get so caught up in the moment that we only focus on the daily frustrations and trials. BUT in response to these feelings I want to share with you part of Elder Holland's words (since I could do them no justice on my own).
“Some of you may wonder: Is there any future for me? What does a new year or a new semester, a new major or a new romance, a new job or a new home hold for me? Will I be safe? Will life be sound? Can I trust in the Lord and in the future? Or would it be better to look back, to go back, to stay in the past?
To all such of every generation, I call out... Faith is for the future. Faith builds on the past but never longs to stay there. Faith trusts that God has great things in store for each of us and that Christ truly is the “high priest of good things to come” (Hebrews 9:11).
Keep your eyes on your dreams, however distant and far away. Live to see the miracles of repentance and forgiveness, of trust and divine love that will transform your life today, tomorrow, and forever.
I plead with you not to dwell on days now gone nor to yearn vainly for yesterdays, however good those yesterdays may have been. The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead and remember that faith is always pointed toward the future.”
If any of you are feeling stuck in your past or present, if your fed up with school, work, home, or simply trying to make it through the daily struggles of life, I encourage you to keep going! Things will get better. I have been there and I know how hard it is to keep going at times. But I promise that if you just take things day by day everything will eventually fall into place. Don't give up hope but use these experiences now to build yourself into an even stronger, more beautiful person! Have faith in God and have faith in yourself. Keep moving forward and remember “faith is always pointed toward the future.”