The current prophet and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas S. Monson, once said,
“Time is a gift, a treasure not to be put aside for the future but to be used wisely in the present.”
So often in life we put off the things that matter most in order to accomplish our temporary goals. We think we’re doing ourselves or others a favor, but in reality we’re robbing ourselves and those we love of precious time. As important as work, school, and other such things are, what is of most importance and the highest value to us is our relationships. Our relationship with God, with Christ, and with our family and friends.
So many of us look back and wish we had spent even just a little less time with our ambitions and more time enjoying the simple things with the ones we love. One less hour at work and one more dinner at home. One less day away and one more afternoon hike. Etc. Etc. No one really looks back and wishes, “If only we could’ve had that vacation!” More often it’s the little things, the minutes or the moments that could’ve left an eternal imprint upon our hearts.
The things we can do are simple: pray together as a family more often, always attend church together, read the word of God together, have more dinners as a family, especially at home, take an evening out of each week and dedicate it to family time, and so on. It’s these simple things we do that add up to a lifetime of fond memories.
Use time wisely, it is a gift. Perhaps that is why it is called the present.