If death were staring you in the face what do you think you would be thinking about? Your family? Children? Spouse? Your dreams and aspirations? What about places you have not gone or things you have yet to experience? Regrets? Worries? Or, how about the attitudes and behaviors you have had that reflect the opposite of who you say you’re representing- would it even matter?
I am certain I would think of my babies and my husband. I’ve read and seen stories where people who have experienced life flashing before their eyes, begin to think more simplistic. Such as having the ability to read a book to your child. Tucking them in at night. Taking a walk or just laughing with those closest to you.
Why wait until tragedy happens to be compassionate, kind, thoughtful, or loving? It does not have to be this way. Why can’t we be forgiving now? What reward is received from seeing who can hold the longest grudge? Like- what do you get for that? What badge of honor do we get for being difficult to work with?
Live each day as if it is your last. Treat others with respect and be a sure follower of Jesus. Death is just as close as your next breath.
Don’t take anyone or anything for granted.
“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins. So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:3-11 NLT