Life is short.
Tomorrow is promised to no one.
Every day is a gift from God.
I recently had one of my best friends pass away. Emily and I were part of a friend group we called the “FAB 5.” There were 5 of us who had been friends since 5th grade. We shared decades of friendship.
Emily had a very short battle with AML leukemia and transitioned to heaven quickly. One of the other ladies in the FAB 5, Lauren, went to heaven in 2019 after a long battle with a brain tumor. We have lost 2 of our best friends to cancer way too young. To say we are devastating is an understatement.
I had the honor of giving the eulogy at both Lauren and Emily’s memorials. Phew. Something I never thought I’d be doing at this age. The emotion of it all is still with me as I write this.
Even when death is expected, when it is someone we love, it is always too soon.
While I certainly could write about grief, suffering, salvation or even heaven. I simply want to encourage you to….
-Say the things. Let the people who love know that you love them. Share with sincerity and vulnerability. If this were the last time you saw that person, what would you say?
-Forgive quickly. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Move on from hurt feelings. Don’t spend time ruminating on petty things that don’t matter.
Live on purpose. At the end of our life, it really won’t matter how much money is in your bank account, the tasks you completed, or how clean your house was. What will truly matter are souls and relationships. Spend time making memories and investing your life into people.
James 4:14. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.