We live everyday not knowing when our expiration date is. We probably don’t give enough importance to this fact. But we all have one. I find it quite interesting that people seem to go through life with the mindset that they will live forever. We go about our days doing things and saying things off the cuff. But would you do or say them differently if you knew it was your last day? We may even change our attitude and think more carefully when speaking to others if we knew our number was about to be up. If you knew it was your last day on earth what would you do? Would it change how you live today? Maybe you would wake up a little bit earlier, a bit more cheerful, stay up later, tell that special person how much you love.
I saw a movie not too long ago where three brothers believe they are all going to die very soon. They took an experimental drug in their youth and find out that it was lethal. They actually think their expiration day is almost up. They immediately change how they live. They take more chances in love, business and friendship. They do all of the things that they have always wanted to do but never took the time to. They seem to figure out what is most important in life. I know all of us say that one day I am going to do this or that but life seems to get in the way of our dreams, and our goals. Somehow that to do list just never happens. My feeling is that you have to make it happen.
We all at times take our lives for granted not realizing what a gift it is to be alive. To be able to experience what we do, the smell of fresh air or the aroma of bread baking, sand in our toes on the beach. What a blessing it is to live free here in this free country. All of us get caught up in our daily life with work, school, relationships and just going about our lives that we forget that we have an expiration date.
I attended a funeral of a friend not too long ago, it was a small service with a fiery minister. He spoke about remembering what is important in life. He said, ‘to always have faith and to love each other while you are here’. He spoke of how important it is to be kind to people, and to have integrity and to be honest human beings. He talked about how we all will eventually die and that we really need to be the best we can be while here on earth. He said to try to make a difference in someone else’s life while we have the opportunity and that making a difference in someone else’s life is what you will be rewarded for in heaven. He reminded everyone that it is not important how much money you have when your life comes to an end or how much stuff you have accumulated along the way. It’s what you have done to help your fellow man.
I have witnessed people dyeing with all of stuff that was so important to them in life and when they are gone all their treasures, their worldly possessions are auctioned off or given away.
So don’t get caught up in all of your worldly possessions. Things are not important, people are.
I invite you to read the following poem when you need a little reminder of what is important. My sister Judy wrote this while she was in the hospital with Leukemia.
I thank God every day, for every day I’m here
When sickness attacks your life sometimes, it makes it very clear.
That every day does matter, and every day is good.
And small things are important, and doing everything you should.
To make someone happy and pray to the Lord above.
That life will get better, and you will do all things with love.
That you will never take for granted, the gifts God has given you.
Be grateful for the small things, wind, sunshine and roses
And the clouds and skies of blue.
Never forget who made them, and let you enjoy them all.
When you look at life with great faith, at creatures great and small.
Remember where they came from, and how you came to be.
And then you will be humble and thankful just like me.
By Judy Ann Gibson
2-15-1950 to 10-15-2011
The Bible talks about the rich and the kingdom of God in the book of Matthew:
Matthew 19: 21
Jesus answered, if you want to be perfect, go sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
So please realize it is not how much money and stuff you accumulate here on earth that matters, it is how you treat your fellow man.
The minister who spoke reminded the group that we all have an expiration date and that you could expire tomorrow.