This quote was taken from Elder David A. Bednar's talk, “Chosen to Bear Testimony of My Name.” Though I believe that Elder Bednar was referring specifically to the physical limitations of old age, I found that it really spoke to me because of the physical toll taken on me this year.
I had the surreal experience of waking up from a coma to realize my terrifying condition as well as my son's. I knew that I would have to fight tooth and nail in order to make it out of that ICU alive. Developing the tenacious will to live in such extreme circumstances shone such a bright light on the important things that I had to live for and the miracles that had saved my life. It helped me renew the conviction that I am here for a reason, and that I have been saved by my Father in Heaven so that I can live out my life here on earth to the fullest.
My Father-In-Law spoke candidly with me and echoed my thoughts in his testimony that Heavenly Father must have great things in life for Max and I to achieve. Those conversations made me organize my intentions for my future. It highlighted the potential and talents that my restored body would provide for me, if I so chose to make positive and productive use of them.
Hearing this talk while healing from the events of the past year reinforced the importance of how we use our time while we have it. It helped to remind me of those ICU revelations and renewed the personal goal to live my life and use my talents to their full potential while keeping the light of Christ around me!
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