A very dear friend of mine went “home” to be with the Lord this past week. He was only 57 years old and this came as a total shock to everyone.
I am happy for himbecause he suffered a lot physically and is no longer in pain. He is with his Lord that he loved very much, but we will miss his sweet, gentle person here on this earth. He was one of the dearest men I have known. I know that he impacted many lives because of his fervent love for the Lord and His people.
Another friend of mine's husband, about the same age, had a major heart attack a couple of weeks ago and, according to the doctors, should not have survived. After by-pass surgery, however, he is doing well and should get a new lease on his life, hopefully for many years to come.
Another very dear friend is fighting for her life, battling cancer for some time now. My heart grieves at the thought of losing her to this horrible disease. We lost a mutual friend several years ago, way before her time, to a ravishing disease that took away her ability to even think for herself.
Life is very fragile. My mom, who will be 89 in May, is not happy with the fact that her body is not cooperating with her desire to continue to live a full, active life. She maintains a very sweet attitude overall, but gets frustrated when she can no longer do some of the things she used to do just a few short years ago.
After losing my brother, only 62 years old, just a little over a year ago, I continue to think more about heaven and the things that have eternal significance. As I stated at the beginning of the year, I want to simplify my life so that I can focus more on the things that are really important. I haven't done a very good job, as far as cleaning out closets and getting rid of much yet, but I have laid aside some time-consuming activities that most people would consider “good,” even “important,” but were causing me a lot of unnecessary stress. I am also doing some “fun” things, having picked up an old hobby after many years.
Life is not only fragile, but unpredictable. Even the scripture warns us that making plans can sometimes lead to disappointment or frustration when things don't happen just like we thought they would. I think each of us should live each day to the fullest, as though it could be our last. If we make each day count, if each day we live with eternity on our hearts, I don't think we will involve ourselves in things that are unwholesome or even just a waste of time. Each of us is given the same 24 hours a day to steward and we can choose to bury our talent or invest it and watch it grow. People, with eternal souls, are worth investing our time and talents. As I sat down to write this article, a friend showed up at my door who really needed someone to talk to. I felt like I should take some time with her, even though it would put more pressure on me to get this article done in a timely manner. What she is going though is not pleasant, and a listening ear was all she really needed from me.
I have heard the question posed — what if you knew that today was your last day here on this earth? How would you choose to live it? I have heard some very different answers, depending on the person's perspective on life!
For me, I am not sure that I would do things a lot differently than I do them now. I think I would probably forgo the 45 minutes I spend exercising (smile) and extend my personal time with the Lord, but then I would just hope that my life might impact others throughout the day and direct them toward the Lord. I wouldn't mince my words with anyone who I didn't think was living up to their full potential, whether that meant challenging them to a personal relationship with the Lord or dealing with an area that they may have compromised in. I would keep my own relationships right to the best of my ability. Have you thought about what you might do today, if you knew this was your last day on Earth?