Time Might Be Precious

I recently attended a funeral for a long-term client that I had been helping off-and-on with a number of issues, over a number of years. She was a lovely lady, who was a true survivor. Her life story would make a riveting read that if you didn't know better, you would assume was fictional. More than anything her life demonstrated that it doesn't so much matter what happens to you in life, it is how you respond to it that is most important.

The funeral was a full Requiem Mass at a lovely church. All the family was there, some coping better than others in what is always a very difficult and emotional time. Some could barely speak in their tribute to her, which was very moving for all who were there.

Yet, I recall the last time I saw her, at a session only a few weeks ago, she lamented that much of her family didn't visit, to the point where she wondered if they truly cared at all about her. Perhaps somewhat cynically, she suggested that those who did visit were more about her giving them some money than simply spending time together.

I have heard similar stories for many years now, where some seem devastated at the death of someone, yet I know how little contact they had with that person in recent years. I can't help wondering if, along with their grief, it is regret or even guilt over not spending more time with them than they did?

My challenge to you today: is there someone in your life that you know you need to get in contact with? If so, what are you going to do about it? (BTW - I am talking about this to myself while writing this.)

You never know, time might be very precious. We don't know what the future might hold. I do know that having to live with regret and/or guilt magnifies the level of grief when they die because you can't do anything about it then.

James 4:13-14 puts it this way:

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

Consider, Reflect, then Do!

God bless,

Tim Connelly

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