07 January 2010

Reality Check

This week I was reminded once again of the fragility of life and how the most important things in life aren't things.

My uncle~the youngest of my mom's siblings and the only son~died very unexpectedly. He apparently had a heart attack in his sleep and never woke up. He was only 60. While everyone knew he wasn't in the greatest of health, his death has shocked the entire family.

This tragedy has given me pause to think.

To think of how I end each day. What is my attitude toward my children? Is is impatient and tired or is it loving and kind? Was I so consumed with getting the house clean that I didn't make time to enjoy my children? Did I make the effort to kiss my husband goodnight before I drifted off to an exhausted sleep? What was the last thing I said to my parents, my sister, my friends?

What if I didn't wake up in the morning? How would my last moments be remembered?

The Bible tells us how short our lives are in the big scheme of things, just a vapor. We must make the most of the small amount of time that we are given.

The most important things in life aren't things.

5 comments:

Kathy said...

wonderful things to think on .... thank you for sharing. and I am so sorry for your loss.
Blessings, Kathy

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

Sorry to hear about your loss, Laura.

Michelle M. said...

I'm sorry for your loss. Thank you for the perspective today. It is so easy to get caught up in the things to do rather than the people who you are sharing your life with. Prayers for you and your family.

ivagregory said...

His sudden death has really made me think as well in the same perspective. To my family and friends who are not saved souls, I am also reminded this here is proof that we are never promised tomorrow so we shouldn't put off making things right for another day, whether it be making things right with God or others. Lora, I'm still praying for your family. Bobby and I love you guys!

Heather said...

Lora, I am so sorry for you loss.

Thank you for reminding us of this. I was thinking about this last night, when I was so annoyed at the kids. I need to remember, I'm not guaranteed anything and to have a better attitude when I am tired.