Survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow…

Survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow...

It happens so fast. One day we’re here, the next day, gone. Yesterday afternoon, Paul Walker, Fast & Furious Star, walked through the doorway of death. The same passage we will all trek through one day. And Paul’s little girl Meadow? Ugh… My heart just breaks for her. I pray God comforts her broken heart. But forgive me for being a bit morbid, it just got me thinking…

We’ve all heard the phrase, “Life is short” a thousand times. But how many of us just sit on that phrase and ruminate on the consequences? Probably not many. Seriously, who likes to think about death anyways? I do…

To me, death is a doorway to another life. To others it’s just the end. Maybe they’re cynical and maybe I’m just a dreamer; (I hope not). We all have our take on the afterlife, but most people don’t like to think about it. And probably for good reason. I’ve heard comments like:

“I just want to live for today, forget about that whole death thing…”

“I don’t know and I don’t care…”

“I hate thinking about death, can we talk about something else?”

“Buzz Kill!!!”

Okay, I get it. Death isn’t a fun subject. And I really don’t mean to be a downer here, but it’s something we all need to think about. Some of us have kids, spouses, family members and friends that have a vested interest in our lives. I see two sides to this equation…

1. Where are we going to spend our eternity?

2. How am I spending my time on this planet?

Hang with me for a minute here, I’m not going to preach to you about your need for Jesus. I’ll let God handle that department…

It’s the second point that’s got my mind stirring today. Right now, my wife is sleeping about 9 feet away from where I’m sitting. She matters to me… My kids are all between 20 feet and several miles from me. They matter too… And the way I live my life TODAY greatly impacts their lives tomorrow. I want to be a good man to them. I want their lives to be rich with faith, hope and love. And I have an opportunity to give that to them. But so do you. You also have a unique opportunity to impact your family and friends as well…

Who’s important in your life? Maybe your mom, an uncle or niece, possibly a best friend or cousin? Who’s important to you? Do you live your life in a way that enriches their life? Do they KNOW (without any doubt in the world) how important they are to you? I know I want my family to know, because they ARE important to me.

As we close out this Thanksgiving weekend, I have a lot to be thankful for. I also have a lot to work on. I’m a selfish (you know what) and life is short. The reality is I may only have 5 more minutes to show my loved ones just how dear they are to me.

Friends, take a moment to reflect on your life. It may end sooner than you think. Grab every moment and make them count. Show your love by living a life of sacrifice and purpose. Don’t let it slip away, It’s just too important…

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go downstairs and clean the kitchen for my wife. She’s my rock star and I don’t want to waste even one second in showing her just how much she means to me…

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