Suddenly your child has died….your life has been flipped upside down…your heart has broken into a million puzzle pieces, and everyday you are trying to put it back together….but no matter how long you work on it and how hard you try….there will always be a piece missing. Suddenly your thoughts are consumed by sadness, grief, never-ending pain that cuts deeper than anything you have ever experienced. Suddenly you have to keep on living, knowing that you will never see your child walk, hear her talk, or celebrate her first birthday. Suddenly you have realized that you will never have your happily ever after. You will never be complete again. Suddenly you have to pick yourself up when you don’t have the strength. You have to put one foot in front of the other, and you have to take it moment by moment. Suddenly you have made it another day.
Today you could suddenly realize that there may not be another tomorrow. You could realize that you might not get another chance to say a kind word to someone hurting. You may not be able to tell the one you love the most that you’re sorry for the things you said when you were arguing with her. That dinner you were going to buy for the hungry family that lives down the street may not ever make it to their table. You may never see the gratitude on the person’s face that you gave a ride to this morning. The broken may never know the healing that comes from Christ.
You may never get the chance to ask for His forgiveness. To invite Him into your heart and your life to lead and guide you. To realize what He did for you when He hung on a cruel cross. You might miss the chance to truly live.
Every second in this life counts, and you’re not guaranteed the next one. That’s a lesson I’ve learned the hard way. Don’t spend them being angry or hurt or saddened or spiteful or vindictive. Instead, use them to do what He would have you do. Be the hands and feet of Jesus, and share the gift of salvation. Imagine if everyone in the world spent just one second blessing someone instead of cursing them. How much better would this life be? Be that blessing…
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us His Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.”
– Romans 5:3-5