We are relational beings. We are created to be in relationship with God and with others. Whether it’s a spouse, a family member or a close friend. God created us to connect with one another. Anyone who has ever been in love knows that relationships are beautiful but also messy – they bring great joy but also great heartache, great satisfaction but also great frustration. Yet, when it is all said and done and our lives near their end, the stuff we accumulated and the amount of money we made will not be a concern. It is the people we loved and the relationships we had that will matter most.
In light of the brevity of our time here on earth, we have to choose each day to love completely those whom God has brought into our lives. We have to learn to love enough to forgive those who have hurt us and humbly ask for forgiveness from those we have hurt, because life is too short to harbour bitterness or anger. We have to learn to resolve conflict effectively, in a healthy way, because life is too short to be divided. We have to know we are loved by God completely and learn to love Him the same in return – we have to remember this first and greatest commandment of loving God whole-heartedly.
When we are faced with our own mortality, our primary concern will not be the amount of stuff we accumulated, it will be the people we have loved. Above all else it’s the relationships we have that will mean the most to us at the end of this life. Our life on this earth is finite, so how are we investing in the lives of those around us and taking advantage of our time with them?
“Each day we have to decide that today we will love completely, at all costs, because tomorrow we might not have the chance”.