Hymn text by L. Clark, ca. 1880, alt.-. View the full text of this hymn.

Today is an important day. It’s the only day I have any control over. I can use it to mourn the mistakes and trials of yesterday, to “eat, drink, and be merry” in the present, or to prepare for tomorrow. What I do today might not make much difference to anyone. I might even forget everything I’ve done today before tomorrow comes. Or I could do something monumental that will affect many people for a long time. The choice really is up to me.

As we learn from the scriptures, we are currently in our days of probation. We are being tested, and every decision we make is being evaluated. And there’s not much room for error. In D&C 64:23-24, we are told that those who choose to be selfish and wicked will be burned up as stubble. It’s true that we have been provided with a Savior and have the ability to repent. However, we do not know when this today will be our last one on Earth, and it is extremely dangerous to procrastinate the day of our repentance.

Today’s hymn reminds us to be safe by making wise choices, working hard, and being true. I think the very hardest thing it says that we should do is to “call the world fair.” Especially with all that has been going on in the media lately, it’s very easy for anyone on either side of an argument to claim that the world is simply unfair. It can be exhausting trying to continue to do what you know to be right when everyone around you is doing what you believe to be wrong. I think the best we can do is remember that most people, whether or not we agree with their actions, are trying their best. And because we have a loving Heavenly Father, He gives everyone a fair opportunity to do it in the best way they know how.

As difficult as it is to work today when the battle seems to be going up ever steeper hills, I take courage and remember that my effort is always important because of these words in D&C 64:33

Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.

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