Remember This...

"Remember This," a phrase that now has a deeper meaning for me.

Yesterday one of my sisters and I dropped off some balloons to our grandfather for his birthday.
He was so blessed by our simple gift and visit and let us know how deeply he appreciated it.

As we left, he said to us, "When you are 85, remember this night and how I was so elated to receive these balloons."

I'll be honest, that simple statement convicted me greatly. I get a little choked up just thinking about it.

You see, my grandfather reminded me of an extremely important truth yesterday.

The people the Lord has placed in our lives will not be there forever. One day they will either pass from this life to the next or the Lord will move us or them out of our lives for the time being.

We have a limited amount of time to love the people the Lord has placed in our lives, so we should not put off till tomorrow the love that we can show them today.

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Life is so much more than a check list of tasks to accomplish and complete.

Life is about relationships. Just consider the truth that the most important thing in life is a relationship with Jesus Christ. (Matthew 16:26, Matthew 6:33a)

So why do I begrudge my time to others? Why do I hold back in saying the simple words, "I love you" to those I dearly treasure? Why do I concern myself with my checklist instead of my relationships? Why do I hold back in sharing the gospel with those I know need it? Why do I use encouraging words sparingly? Why do I try to be emotionless? Why do I tend to act like a lone wolf at times?

If life is just about making money, buying what you want, receiving awards and recognition, and completing a list of tasks, that's pretty meaningless and worthless.

You aren't going to touch people's lives because you had seven digits in your bank account or because you received some prestigious award or because you drove a Benz, wore an Apple Watch, took your calls on an iPhone and dwelt in a mansion.

People's lives are touched when we hit the pause button on what we want to do and instead take the time to love on and pour into someone else's life with our own.

Our lives were not given for us to hoard them for ourselves but rather to pour them out in service to others. (John 13:12-17)

One only needs to take a look at Jesus, our Servant/Savior and His life to understand this. (Mark 10:45)

So I ask myself and you the question - Who has the Lord placed in your life to love and encourage? Secondly, how can you love and encourage them today? No, not next week, not tomorrow, but today.

The Lord has recently reminded me that the people in my life are placed there for a season. The people involved the most in my life right now will no doubt be different five years from today. While that may sound disheartening at first, look at it from God's perspective. He regularly brings people into our lives for us to love on! What a blessing it is that He entrusts so many people to us in the course of our lives to serve, bless and love! So let us seize the moments we have now! If we do so, we aren't going to have "if only I said this or did this" regrets later on in life.

And by the grace of God, may we be reunited with all of the people the Lord has brought into our lives when we finally arrive home in Heaven.

So as my grandfather would say, "Remember this..."

Yes, remember this dear friends, remember this.

"Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." - 1 John 4:11