Have you ever lost someone you loved dearly? Seriously, lost, as in that person died? If it was recently, this will be an easy post to relate to, but if it was long ago you may have to think back to the time before that person died.
Think about how you pictured that person . . . how you pictured your future . . . how after you got that call . . . all of those things disappeared like vapor. That's where my two oldest daughters are right now. Their father died in February and previously their lives were filled with hopes and dreams and plans that involved their father . . . and now . . . no. The ideas they had about him walking them down the aisle, or their children and his relationship as Pop Pop or Papaw all vanished like a vapor.
One of the girls that works at our office lost her father one year ago today, and she was very upset so I spent several minutes in her office this morning, just listening mostly. She is very sad and wishes a time machine could take her back to be 1 year and 2 months ago when they didn't know anything of a heart catheter or kidney failure or funerals or tombstones. A time machine could manage it, to get back to the "ignorance is bliss" state before any of this happened.
. . . then what? If you did, go back in time that is, what would you do different?
I say, "No thanks." I don't want to go back. I will be 46 on my next birthday and I always tell people if I could go back I wouldn't want to change a thing, because I wouldn't be where I am today without all those trials and bumps in the road. I would have missed out on so many wonderful things that outweigh the bad, that I would pass on the time machine.
Today, I challenge all of you to walk lightly. You don't know what heartache lies just below the surface in the lives of people you come in contact with. There are so many things people keep inside them, be kind and jump to a LOVE conclusion first before jumping on people with both feet.
Jesus said, "'Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.' This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' These two commands are pegs; everything in God's Law and the Prophets hangs from them." Matthew 22:37-40