The time is now

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TFor more info: He­brews 10 vs 24-25

“Let us think of ways to mo­ti­vate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not ne­glect our meet­ing to­gether, as some peo­ple do, but en­cour­age one another, es­pe­cially now that the day of His re­turn is draw­ing near.”

HIS week­end, I learned a very im­por­tant les­son. I had never re­ally no­ticed the trend un­til a speaker at church spoke about it. A lot of us have dif­fi­culty ex­press­ing love to our loved ones when they are alive but we want to be ex­pres­sive only af­ter the per­son has passed on. We seem to love peo­ple more when they are no longer there.

The speaker re­minded me that each day we have a duty to show love, we should not wait un­til we have a death in the fam­ily to run around and try to pur­chase the best cof­fin and gar­ments for the de­parted, yet when they were with us we could not be both­ered to do the small things for them.

Things like vis­it­ing, sleep­ing over, shar­ing a meal and just be­ing gra­cious are im­por­tant to peo­ple. In­stead when death comes knock­ing we go out of our way to show our deep pain yet in fact, we did not come round to show our joy dur­ing the liv­ing years.

It is said that when a per­son is gone, we are made aware of how good they were and how we could have done bet­ter by them when they were still alive. It’s in­ter­est­ing how eas­ily san­ity pre­vails when some­one is gone. The re­al­ity of the de­par­ture brings us to a point where we re­alise how im­por­tant that per­son was to our day-to-day cause.

Ex­pres­sions of love dif­fer from per­son to per­son; we some­times put them off in the hope that when we get the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity we will do what needs to be done. So many have lived with re­gret and guilt at the prospect of what they could have said and done that they never had the op­por­tu­nity to. Death comes like a thief in the night, no one knows the date nor the time, but one thing is cer­tain, it surely comes.

Think about all the peo­ple that make up your world, think of a life with­out them, ponder on all the need­less ar­gu­ments or fights that leave all of us drained and bit­ter, imag­ine never get­ting the op­por­tu­nity to put things right with that per­son. When you look at all the things that strain our re­la­tion­ships the thought of los­ing that per­son can some­times bring us to the re­al­ity that, we could do more to be lov­ing and to trea­sure the peo­ple that God gave us.

Don’t be the most ex­pres­sive at the grave­side, seek­ing to do more than you did in real life. Make an ef­fort to show love to those around you to­day lest you never get the op­por­tu­nity to do so. Make an ef­fort to­day, life mat­ters. Be blessed.

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