"The future of this world has long been declared, the final outcome between good and evil is already known. There is no question as to who wins because the victory has already been posted on the scoreboard. The only really strange thing in all of this is we are all still down here on the field trying to decide which team's jersey we want to wear." Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
This game isn't going to be a nail-biter, no instant replay required. The outcome is already posted, the articles are written, the post-game show is about to begin. It's over. Good is the winner. Now, the question is who wants to be a part of it?
I've had my successes in sports, and know what it is like to see the scoreboard with the clock at all zeros and the score in your favor.That is definitely not a time when you want to take off your jersey and go switch with the kid on the other team. I can honestly say that I never felt that way... ever. When the game is over, and you know you are the victor, you are on to bigger and better things.
We have such a great advantage now as we play this game called life. We have the stat-sheet, the playbook, and the best Coach in the universe. The other guys don't stand a chance! All we have to do is listen to the Coach, His assistants, and our teammates. If we do that, we win, no matter what. It sounds pretty easy, but we have a few decisions to make, and plays to run on our part first.
A big problem is that we don't remember getting subbed in. When we got here the game was well into play, the fourth quarter had already started. It took us some time to get our barrings, but we had help. A family trained us up on the ins and outs of what we were supposed to do, and we were off to the races-some a little more clumsily than others.
At times we have been wearing the right jersey, at others not so much. No matter how hard we try we cannot wear both jerseys at the same time. We cannot serve 'two masters' (see 3 Nephi 13:24 and Mathew 6:24) As Elder Holland said it truly is strange how often we keep jumping back and forth. No matter, our Coach understands. He sees our weaknesses and knows our strengths. He won't put us in a situation that we can't handle, so trust Him, and stay on His side.
Ultimately it's black or white. We need to pick our jersey. We can pick God and win, or we can pick the Devil and lose. All of our choices can be boiled down to these two teams, so which will you choose?
Don't forget, we know who the winner is going to be already.