I've been reading more recently. As part of the new year, I even have a goal to read all of the standard works (New Testament, Old Testament, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants).
This week, I've been reading through the Gospel According to St. Mark where I paused to think about the question: "Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
With the accompanying statement: "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" and the instructive couplet: "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it." (Mark 8:35-37)
There are plenty of examples of people who have sold-out, forfeiting something of infinitely more worth for the temporal and passing.
In the words of Neal Maxwell, "What does the world really have to offer us? One round of applause, one fleeting moment of adulation, or an approving glance from a phantom Caesar?" adding, "God is infinitely more interested in our having a place in His kingdom than with our spot on a mortal organizational chart. We may brood over our personal span of control, but He is concerned with our capacity for self-control. Father wants us to come home, bringing our real résumés, ourselves!"
What is not for sale for you? What won't you exchange?
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