There are only certain things we can hold on to when pass from this life to the next. Our wealth will not remain. Our house or our cars will not remain. Politics, social status, nobel peace prizes, and all kinds of worldly awards will no longer mean anything.
A prophet named Jacob, in the Book of Mormon, gave this counsel,
Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness. (2 Nephi 9:51)
Jacob advises us to not spend our money on trivial things, nor to waste our labors on insignificant pursuits. An implication here is that hard work in of itself is not something we should be proud of. You can work hard to achieve pointless goals and such. What matters is that our labor is spent doing worthwhile things. We must work hard to achieve things that can satisfy us, not for the moment, or even for the lifetime, but for eternity.
So what should we labor for? What is worth all the energy of our minds and bodies to pursue? Jacob tells us to listen to his wisdom, and his wisdom is that we should come unto the Holy One of Israel, who is Jesus Christ. He tells us to feast upon that which can never perish. Jesus Christ and His gospel, His teachings, can never and will never perish. Unlike the mansions, the universities, the cars, the trophies, the worldly recognition, the gospel of Jesus Christ lives on forever and will never see corruption.
He tells us to let our souls delight in “fatness.” Here, fatness could be replaced by substance, or even spiritual nutrition. Jacob counsels us to take joy in the things that are truly of worth. Our families and friends. Our relationships with them. Our relationships with our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. Our knowledge and understanding of the Savior’s teachings. Our service to our fellow man. These are the things in our lives that have substance and add meaning to our existence.
I invite all to come unto Christ and learn of the fullness of His gospel, found in His restored church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For more info, visit the links on the side of this page.