Some reminders mentioned in Khutbah by Dr. Khalid Zaheer for pondering:
Three important features of this life:
We are free agents to make decisions
We, morally, know what is right from what is wrong
Even though we know what is right and what is wrong, we are tempted to do what is wrong due to the immediate gratification
وَمَا كَانَ لِنَفْسٍ أَن تُؤْمِنَ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِ ٱللَّهِ ۚ وَيَجْعَلُ ٱلرِّجْسَ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ لَا يَعْقِلُونَ ١٠٠
It is not for any soul to believe except by Allah’s leave, and He will bring His wrath upon those who are unmindful.
— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran