In past years, most of our family came together because of a death of one of our family members. In our grief, our conversations were limited and tears were flowing. Now we could come together because of a life!
Jeannie is not only a precious member of our family, but she is a very special person in her community as well. We were astounded at the number of people who came to celebrate with her. It was so exciting! On a hot summer Saturday afternoon, people who knew Jeannie gave up any other plans to spend time in a crowd that was honoring her, honoring her while she was very much alive, instead of waiting until someday when she may be gone.
Who are the people in your life that you will mourn upon their death? Besides your family and close friends, do you know of someone in your community that is making a positive impact on others? Is it a grocery store clerk who always has a smile and a kind word for customers? Is it a member of the police force or emergency team? Is it a teacher or minister? Is it a military member?
Do not wait! Tell them now, with a spoken "thank you", a letter of appreciation, or a direct smile. Spend time with people you love. Love is really an action, although we treat it as an emotion, so exercise that love. Do something positive and helpful for special people; make them feel special. Have fun with someone. Have a serious conversation with a sister, brother, or member of the younger generation. Ask your parent, if you still have one, what life was like growing up.
Okay, I'm talking to myself here. There's a song by Matthew West called My Own Little World: I've heard it many times lately, and one part keeps running through my mind:
What if I’m missing out?
What if there’s a greater purpose
I could be living right now
Outside my own little world?