Living With No Regrets!

January 31, 2012

What if the dynamic of your Christian marriage was changed forever?  What if God decides to take your spouse on home to glory, tomorrow.  Have you told your spouse how much they mean to you?

Have you ever listened to people who have lost a loved one?  I believe there are three common reasons people are sad about the passing away of a loved one:

1.  We miss them

2. We didn’t get a chance to say goodbye

3.  We never told them how much they meant to us.

We have all heard the saying,”Life is too short”.  Too often, people use this phrase to make themselves feel better about living their lives selfishly.  However, today I say to you life is too short, enjoy the relationships God has given to you.  Out of all the reasons to mourn over the passing of a loved one, wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to feel sad because we never directly expressed how much we loved them.

This past week my husband Jonathan went away for a week (eight days to be exact)  but who’s counting!  And I missed him in a way that I have never missed him before.  His absence left me without a lover, a best friend, and a helper.  My husband has gone away before, but this time it was different.  I begin to realize that anything could happen to him while he was away and I could be left to raise our children by myself. The thought of having this longing for him, forever, made me anxious to see him even more.

I’m sure my mother’s unexpected decline in health has made me take the scripture verse Proverbs 27:1 much more seriously.  Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”  I have found that we truly never know what the day may bring.  My mother and my sisters and I were planning a girls night out for the last Thursday in June.  I spoke with her on Monday morning the week of and by Monday evening she was in the hospital.  By Tuesday all of our lives were changed as my mother laid helplessly on a hospital bed with a feeding tube  and life support.  Needless to say, we didn’t make that girls night out and we may never.

However, I have loved my mother all of my life and I told her often.  I am thankful that I have no regrets with the relationship I’ve had with my mother.  Life is too short!  Do your loved ones know how you feel about them?

Challenge:  What if God decided to take your spouse on home to glory, tomorrow.  Have you told them how much they mean to you?  Write a heartfelt letter to your spouse expressing exactly how you feel about them.  At some point today while the two of you are alone, give them the letter or read it to them yourself.   

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