The Novel We’re All Writing

It’s never too late to make your story a happy ending; sometimes you just need to be willing to add a plot twist.

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“It’s too late now.” This one sentence—just four words—is the most insidious lie of all. It’s too late now to learn, too late now to change, too late now to be anything more than who you are. The truth is, as long as the story of your life is still being written, it is never too late.

In a devotional given by Sharon G. Samuelson, “The Books of Our Lives,” she likens each of our lives to a book. She says, “As each of us writes his or her book, hopefully we will strive to become the man or woman we want to be as the last chapter closes.” 

At this point in your story, you might look at the chapters you’ve written and conclude that your current path won’t lead you to be the person you want to be by the end. But it is not too late. Perhaps your story needs a plot twist or two to get you on the path you want to be on. This can take any number of forms, from choosing to repent to choosing to ignore what’s “practical” in order to follow your dreams. As the author of your story, that is your choice to make.

“As our lives are unfolding today,” says Sister Samuelson, “we have completed several chapters and are moving forward with anticipation to those that lie ahead.” There are chapters that lie ahead for you to write, and the direction your story takes is still yours to decide. It’s never too late.

Discover more about what Sister Samuelson has to say about the novels we’re all writing in “The Books of Our Lives.”

Source: BYU Speeches 

—Kjanela Fawcett, Latter-day Saint Insights


Find more insights 

Read what Erin Rider has to say about choosing what path your story should take in “Making Decisions: Agency vs. Revelation.”

Take a further look at what to do when the pen is in your hand in “When the Answer Is ‘You Choose.’

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