I have been thinking a lot lately about some advice I was given by my ninth grade debate teacher. The advice that one Mr. Maloy gave our class was this, "don't use absolutes". Never say never and avoid saying always. The reasoning behind this advice is simple, it is too easy to find exceptions in almost every area. As I have thought about it I have found that the advice I was given as a ninth grader is not only applicable when you are presenting your speaking points, but it is also applicable to each and everyone of our lives. I remember growing up as a perfectionist little kid I often thought things had to happen just a certain way. I was often up in a tizzy and stressed out because things almost never happened the way that they just had to, but what do you know things still worked out and I am still alive. There is almost always another way, almost always more time than you think, and almost always another chance. Remember failure is only defined by your rules.
Shift into gear number two.
What do absolutes have to do with hope and humility. I think first of King David, this man had been the role model of how one was supposed to live. From the time he was a young man he had always done what he was supposed to. But maybe this is where the mistake happened... "always". Is it possible that King David thought that since he had done what he was supposed to growing up he would always do what he was supposed to. David teaches us that there is never an always, but there should always be humility.
I think second of Alma the younger, this man had been the example of how one was not supposed to live. Alma the Younger teaches us that we should never say never. It would have been easy for the people at that time and even Alma the Elder to give up on the chance that Alma the Younger would repent, but through this story we see that there is always hope because of the atonement.
Never say never there is always hope in Jesus Christ. Never say always the power of Satan is real.