(Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. – JM)
Years ago, one of my clients was in the hospital with only hours to live. He had no interest in seeing his stock portfolio one more time.
Although he had spent most of his life focused on work and wealth, with death hovering at the door, dollars meant nothing.
He had only one thing on his mind: would the son he had not spoken to in twenty years make it home before he died?
Would there be time to say, “I’m sorry,” “I forgive you,” “I love you”?
It’s the same for all of us: there is only one thing that really matters at the end our lives: relationship … our relationship with God and with the people he placed in our lives.
Even when we think we have many years yet to live, most of us still wish we could press some kind of magical rewind button and start our lives over again, only with much different priorities.
Less time focused on accomplishing and accumulating and criticizing, and more time spent on listening, loving, encouraging and forgiving … in a word, on relationships.
Well, there no magic button. But there is today … and tomorrow … and the next day.
Each and every day we have yet to live is rich with opportunities to cherish, build, repair and enjoy our relationships with those we love.