What if today was your last?

2015-07-30 06:00

MY daughter sang me a song that just kind of grew on me because of the meaningful lyrics. It went something like, I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you / I’m gonna hold you like we saying goodbye / ‘cos we will never know if we will see tomorrow or if we going to run out of time.

I understand that it is a lover’s song, but to me it’s more of a humanity song. Imagine if we would dare to let down our walls knowing it was the last time to say, I love you. What if it were their last day? Did you tell them that you forgive them? Did you remember to acknowledge them or would you still just take them for granted. Would you consider giving that person who hurt you a second chance if it were your last day on earth? Would you take a chance on the loser that everybody tossed aside? Would you finally acknowledge the beggar at the robot? Would you tip the car guard with a smile and not a curse?

When was the last time you hugged your mom or dad and just thanked them for all the sacrifices they have made so you could have a better life? When was the last time you hugged your wife and told her how much she means to you and that you think she is the most beautiful girl in the world? What if you don’t get a second chance to tell your husband that you admire him and you are proud of who he has become? Will you remember to say you are sorry and make peace despite being right if you knew you were on your last breath?

Life is too short to hold grudges and be miserable-forgive and move on. Instead of plotting evil before you go to sleep at night, I suggest you take stock of your own life and question yourself if you could have responded more appropriately to the person whose head you bit off that afternoon! We are definitely not promised tomorrow. The funny thing is that despite having sight, we are so blinded when we relate to other people especially those closest to us. It doesn’t make sense to me how we expect others to love, forgive and acknowledge us, yet our hearts are so cold to respond likewise. Am I speaking to somebody’s heart here. We hear the inner cries of those around us yet we fail to listen.

Are you satisfied to pass on to eternity with your current state of being? May I encourage you to take that step of faith and call up that person you’ve been hating for the past ten years and be the bigger person and apologise despite being right. They might not accept it, but guess what? You will be free and liberated. Perhaps, you lied about somebody, go and make it right. You might look like a fool for five minutes, but you will be respected going forward. Did you remember to hug your children this morning and remind them that they are amazing, beautiful and were created with purpose and a destiny? Did you forgive your husband, friend, mom, dad, sister or brother for hurting you. You might be surprised that you hurt them first. What if you don’t get a second chance to make right or do right by someone?

We complicate life too much. We hurt each other, cause offences, build walls, play games and shut doors because our ego and pride can’t handle it. It’s so much easier to hate when we have been hurt, envy what others have without breaking our backs to attain what they have, judge somebody’s outer sin openly because they can’t see our inner sin or just being bitter because of how people have treated you. Aren’t you tired of being bound by negativity? Perhaps, it’s time to move on, forgive, walk away, confront conflict and resolve issues. What if tomorrow never comes?

For me, if today was my last, I choose to inspire those who have lost their way. I would choose to love despite being hurt and disappointed. Why rob yourself of the gift of loving and being loved. I choose to forgive in order to release the other person and forgive myself for allowing myself to be hurt. I choose to live a life that gives others hope. I choose to help those in any kind of need to raise their levels of faith in God and people. I choose to make meaningful choices because I might not have tomorrow to give my love and be loved and accepted, be kind and make amends. I choose to show my loved ones that they are my priority and mean the world to me. You see guys, in the end, your job, school, college, hobbies, your wealth or the love of material wealth and the like will fade in comparison to the value of your loved ones and those who God allows to cross your path. So then, what if today was your last?

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