I’m one of the lucky few who has the privilege of knowing my great grandparent. (yes, it was meant to be singular.)
My great-grandfather is currently 98, has children and grandchildren living all across the globe, and has outlived 2 wives in the process. Many consider my great-grandfather ‘lucky.’ He was strong–like, being able to take the bus by himself and walk around the mall leisurely strong. We even began planning a celebration for his 99th.
Until he fell ill.
We were in town when he was admitted into the hospital. In just a couple of days, his superhuman strength had converted into failing organs, decreased eyesight, and wheelchair transportation. He didn’t recognize us, or our voices.
It was then that it hit me. I always knew who he was, but I never actually knew him. In my mind, I remember family Christmas parties. Me, greedily and childishly tearing up gifts while a lonely and quiet figure sat by the wall, watching his family with a smile of joy. And now a couple of years later, on his death bed.
Life is always shorter than we expect. There are those who are taken away unexpectedly, and those who pass naturally. Sure, 98 years is a fantastic blessing–but it feels like only yesterday that I was unwrapping presents. Life itself is a privilege that we have to make the most of. And trust me, it passes fast. You cannot regain time you’ve lost, but can you make up for the time you’ve missed? I don’t know.
We tend to take life for granted–including the people and society around us. Too often do we feel ‘burned out’ on life, that we miss the fact that our candles are still burning. Or we hold a strong flame, when an unexpected gust of wind appears.
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do now know what a day may bring forth.”
-Proverbs 27:1 NIV
Regret can lead to complete devastation of the mind. Why do we wait until tomorrow to apologize? To tell someone we love them? To speak our beliefs? To help someone in need? Only God knows when we will be taken off the planet’s surface, but does that give us an excuse to live in ignorance? Ignorance creates bliss, but unsustainable bliss obstructs our view from the truth.
We will all be dead someday. There’s no use in covering it with flowers and sparkles. No one is immortal –except within the kingdom of God. Only God’s truth can overpower ignorance by offering complete bliss through the absolute truth.
Make the most of life, because life is half spent before we truly know what it is.