Recently I visited my parents. It takes about 3 ½ hours to get there by car so I don’t get to go as often as I would like. The visits are always full of mixed emotions. My parents are both in their 80’s and my dad has dementia that requires he live in a care facility. My mom lives nearby him so they can be together a little every day. Honestly, this is not the way I saw my parents aging when I (and they) were younger. My dad was never sick a day in his life. My mom was healthy as well and I grew up enjoying a home full of love and laughter. I always thought they would enjoy health (both physical and mental) until they died. But that’s not the way it is. It has taken me a couple of years of grieving to come to grips with the decline of my dad’s health. Where he and I once enjoyed long discussions about God and spiritual matters, now he is mostly silent and our visits consist mainly of me staring at him and making small talk.
So this brings me to my thought today. Has my dad lived a life well worth it? The answer is a resounding YES. I have come to realize that it is not the ending of our life here on earth that defines us, but the entire journey along life’s way. I have realized that each moment is precious and that I cannot look to the future here on earth for any kind of goal. My hope and future lies with my Heavenly Father in Heaven. So, just like my dad, I will choose to follow God and serve Him wholeheartedly no matter how the future plays out. I will live in the NOW. I want to choose Godliness, as my parents did, regardless of what my future brings here on earth! Remember fellow believers…our hope is not found here on earth but in heaven!
So, I encourage you to not worry about how your life will end, instead, keep your focus clearly in the present and just see what the Lord does. Each moment counts, here…now.