May 3, 2010

Life and Death...

Yesterday we found out that Jeremy's Grandma (Step Grandma to Jer but nevertheless just like a Grandma...just a precious and special lady) passed away. She was 90. That seems so old and yet it really isn't that much time at all.

It got me thinking about life and death. How time seems to be going by so our lives here on earth are really so short. It's challenged me to make the most of each day and live each day as if it's my last. That really changes the way you would go about your day wouldn't it?

If I woke up every morning really grasping the fact that today might be my last day to live....well, I know I would do things that I haven't done and that I wouldn't do or say things that I do. Does that make sense?

We so easily can get frustrated about things or at people in our lives....speak negatively of them or judge or criticize them. We all do it. If I woke up this morning and knew today, May 2, 2010 was my last day to live what would I do? Here are a few things that come to mind.

I would call/write/text/visit everyone I care about and tell them I loved them. I would thank them for being there for me. I would tell them what an impact they made in my life. I wouldn't hold any grudges, hurt, anger or bitterness in my heart towards anyone. I would say I forgive you love you. I wouldn't lose my patience even once during the day with my kids. I would only cherish them, love them, snuggle them, and kiss them until my lips fell off. (Such a mom thing to say I know) I would tell my husband how much I love him and how beautiful my life has been because of him. I would tell him that apart from God he's my everything and how I wouldn't trade him for anyone, (including Wentworth Miller and Patrick Dempsey. You hear that baby? ;)) I would talk to anyone and everyone I saw at the bank, grocery store, post office, park...wherever I was that day...about Jesus and tell them how He loves them and that He is the only answer, our only this lost and dying world. While I do some of these things already I know that I fall short on a daily basis.

Hmm. Interesting. Isn't that how we are supposed to live EVERY DAY of our lives??? I should always tell those I love that I love them. I should never keep bitterness, or anger in my heart, I should always forgive. I should always be patient when my kids are having one of those "days". I should always tell my hubby what a great husband and father he is. I should always be patient and kind.

The truth is, we have no idea when our life is going to be over on this earth. It could be in 60 seconds or it could be 60 years from now. Regardless, we should live our lives like today is our last. It's a challenging thought.

It reminds me of a song I love that really challenged me years ago. Turn up your speakers and listen to the lyrics.

Although I wasn't extremely close to Dottie I will miss her and her sweet spirit. I think she was a special lady. The last time we saw Dottie (they live in Florida) Ethan was just 10 weeks old. Here is a picture of Dottie holding our new baby :)

I'm thankful that Jesus died on the cross for my sins so that through faith in Him I can spend eternity in heaven. It's the ultimate gift anyone can receive. John 3:16-17 says, "For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

I'm so thankful today that through Dottie's death I have a new perspective on life.

Momma Keri

1 comment:

Davis Fam said...

Keri, you are an amazing woman. Reading your post made me cry, and gave me a renewed determination to live each day to the fullest. I love you.