Life is about beginnings and endings. Yesterday my Dad left us to go to heaven at 6:10pm. It was a peaceful passing and he had no pain. He had been in Hospice for about a month, which was indeed a blessing for his final weeks. We were able to talk and laugh with him, hold hands, sing songs, and spend his final days sharing our love.
When I read this quote, it reminded me of our last few weeks. Death is not the scary, sad part when you believe in Heaven and the power of God’s love. Knowing he is at peace in eternity gives us great comfort and joy. The more dreadful thing in this world is living an inadequate life. One of indifference, wasted time and effort, and having no one or nothing to show the value your brought to your days and years. Life is a gift and not one to use lightly.
While sitting with my Dad and thinking while he slept, I evaluated my own days and years. What was I proud of, what do I wish had gone differently? And most importantly what am I going to do differently as my own life moves forward? Time, energy, resources and all our abilities are a gift, one in which we have been entrusted to utilize to make this a better place for everyone around us. Death in our lives reminds us that none of us get out of this thing alive, we will all face our maker.
Let me encourage you to go hug the people you love, invest your time in things that matter, and work hard everyday to live a life filled with purpose, joy and creativity. We only have so many days, so let’s use them wisely.