What do you think of when you think of life? What do you think of when you think of your life?
Most of us will probably say something to do with our family, our job, our home, our wedding/divorce, our education. Why? Because those are things that make up our life.
We are happy or sad, we worry or are unconcerned. Life is also about the emotions that we have in every aspect, every moment in our lives.
Confession… This past week has been a horribly emotional week for me. My grandfather has been in the hospital and has continually taken one step forward and two steps back. Being on the road and currently 1,000 miles away, it’s been hard to watch and not be there to spend time with him or help my family in any way.
Let me go a little further in depth. I am 35 years old and am blessed to have all 4 of my grandparents still here on this earth. God has given me the gift of their presence, their wisdom, their compassion, and their faith.
Confession… I have never had to deal with the emotional rollercoaster that goes alone with the end of life of a family member.
Confession… I believe in God the father and Jesus my savior, I am a youth pastor and have worked in a church setting for over 10 years of my life. I understand life and death. I have preached about life and death. I have presided over funerals and helped people through their grief. But I have never dealt with it on a personal level to this extent.
Confession… Today, I have never felt this level of pain in my heart, as I was told that hospice services had been called for my grandfather.I have prayed and cried more today than I have in a long time.
The one thing I found to pass on to you as wisdom that I cannot put into words at this time, is this article by Elite Daily written in 2013 after the Boston Marathon bombing. This is what I am leaving you with today.
Life is fragile. You were given it in order to enjoy it — and live it to the utmost, so that at the end of your day, you can be happy for simply having the gift of life.
Sure it may be a scary thought, but dying is a part of life – and we’re all going to die one day. It sucks to take that in and think about what you are going to be leaving behind, but everyone’s time eventually comes to an end. Our time is limited and goes by faster than you expect.
What I ask of you today is not to walk away with some sort of moral of the story, but rather to be grateful for your life and live it in the order that you want it to be lived in. Take yourself away from the artificial aspects of life and the things that won’t matter in the long run and appreciate what you have because at any moment it could be taken from you.