Next week we will reach the middle of 2018.
Have you noticed that beginnings are often celebrated?
Like the birth of a baby...
Or a marriage.
And we celebrate endings.
Even funerals are often a celebration of a life well-lived.
But the middle is often forgotten.
I'm the third of five children, so I would know.
Just kidding, mom!
When we look at life from an eternal perspective,
aren't we always in the middle?
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf said this about the middle:
"There will be moments of beginnings and moments of endings throughout our lives,
"but these are only markers along the way of the great middle of our eternal lives.
"Whether we are at the beginning or the end,
"whether we are young or old,
"the Lord can use us for His purposes
"if we simply set aside whatever thoughts limit our ability to serve
"and allow His will to shape our lives."
What thoughts might be limiting your ability to serve?
And by serve, I mean anything that allows you to use and develop your interests and talents.
Here are some of mine that you might be able to relate to:
"I can't really make a difference."
"I'm just a mom."
"I don't have time."
"I've never been successful at ___________ before."
"I'm just so tired."
"I'm just not good at _______."
I think it's time to throw those limiting thoughts out with the trash.
Because, after all, they are just thoughts.
And I get to choose to think and believe whatever I want.
So do you.
It's not about where you are on the journey (beginning, middle, or end), but who you are becoming along the way.
Do you like who you are becoming?
If not, it's never too late to change,
because we are always in the middle.
"Being always in the middle means that the game is never over,
"hope is never lost,
"defeat is never final.
"For no matter where we are or what our circumstances,
"an eternity of beginnings and an eternity of endings stretch out before us."--Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
it's never too late to be whatever you want to be
and do whatever you want to do.
Because we're always in the middle.
For more about the middle, see this complete article.