Thoughts of death brought back a question my daughter, Joy, asked a couple of years back at the insightful age of 6. An elderly man from our church, one she really didn't know, passed away and as we drove to his visitation she asked, "Why do we go see people when they die?"
I explained the basics and told her how it was an opportunity to express sympathy to the family and share our love and support. She accepted my response, but God continued to use her question and now nearly 2 years later He's brought it up again.
Death is one of the guarauntees in life, but yet it's something we don't like to acknowledge. Sharing my feelings and expressing my appreciation of others is something I tend to avoid. Taking the time to visit is hard...life is busy and it's easy to think I'll do that later.
But yet when someone passes away, what do I do? I stop...I find the time to pay my respect, I have the courage to talk about the impact the one I've lost made on my life and I can't deny the fact that death is real.
Today God is challenging me to remember this and do something with it. What is He saying to you? Is there someone in your life you need to make time for? Are there words you need to share? Feelings you need to express?
Friends, when they are gone, it's too late. Speak up now and share what's on your heart. Talk about the stuff that matters. Have the hard conversation. Offer forgiveness. Share your faith. One day when they're gone, you'll be glad you did...and so will they.
I share all this because it's what God's whispered to me...words HE knew I needed to hear, and ones I feel He wanted me to pass on. Let's make an attempt to bless someone today! Friend, today who can you go see, call or write because they are alive and loved by you? Find the time, because someday life may force you to take the time.
"In the same way, let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."