As I try to take daily inventory with step 10, I am living in the now, which is the only thing in my control. I cannot change the past, I can only do what I can now to take accountability for it. Then, I can only hope for a future I want. I cannot control what the future brings either, but what I am doing now can have an impact on it.
Repentance is for everyone all the time, no exceptions. Those who are righteously following the Lord are not perfectly following every commandment all the time, because we are imperfect. But followers of Christ are constantly repenting. That is the only difference between a follower of Christ and others in the world.
Others in the world may do just as much good as a follower of Christ, because they are usually doing their best to do what they think is right. But they are not using the atonement to account for the mistakes they make. No one is exempt from making mistakes. We all do it whether we mean to or not. But the Savior paid for every single one.
He paid not only for those mistakes, but all the negative effects of those mistakes. All the pain, all the sadness, all the darkness, every fear, every form of suffering has been paid for by the Savior. All it takes is trust in His ability to take it all away and He does. Wouldn't we want to have that peace all the time as a constant thing?
No...I'll just feel sad right now. I'll just feel this pain now because I can repent later.
What is wrong with us?
If we truly understood the power of the Lord's Atonement, we would use it every day and in every moment of every day! Because it's better! Because it works!
Suddenly that phrase from the scriptures about how we shouldn't procrastinate our repentance has a new meaning to me.
Right now, as I am trying to work step 10 in my daily life, I am committing myself to make Christ the center of my life. I do this by reading and pondering the scriptures every day. Every morning I need to read while I eat my breakfast. I have to sit down and eat sometime, what better time to study then at that time? Then I must pray and write in my journal a daily plan. These are my goals today. And in the evening I can look at those goals and account for whether I failed or succeeded, and try again tomorrow.