The prophet Jeremiah lamented the suffering his people were enduring because they had turned away from God and failed to repent. “Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people,” he said, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved” (Jeremiah 8:19-20).
The Lord used the same language in 1831, as a warning to the ungenerous wealthy:
Wo unto you rich men, that will not give your substance to the poor, for your riches will canker your souls; and this shall be your lamentation in the day of visitation, and of judgment, and of indignation: The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and my soul is not saved!Doctrine and Covenants 56:16
Seasons change. Night follows day whether we want it to or not. All that we can control is how we spend the time we have. That’s why the apostle Paul counseled members of the church, “Exhort one another daily, while it is called To day” (Hebrews 3:13). That’s also why Amulek said, “This life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors” (Alma 34:32). None of us knows when the opportunities available to us now will disappear. If we are to avoid a lot of regret, we need to learn to act on those opportunities quickly and avoid postponing them.
Today, I will remember Jeremiah’s sorrow for his people. I will remember the importance of taking action today, so that I don’t miss important opportunities to serve others, to repent, and to become more like God.