Yesterday I received word that a close friend from high school passed away. He was on a business trip, away from his wife and children, and suffered a heart attack. I spent a good portion of my afternoon crying, and feeling awful that I hadn't yet returned his last Facebook message to me, because I'm just not good at returning emails/messages, to be completely frank. And that is a stupid reason, and now I can't ever return that message.
He was one of those good people, who loved everyone and exuded such a happy and positive outlook on life, no matter what. 7 years ago, his younger brother, a police officer, was killed in the line of duty. I watched how he handled that tragedy in awe. Right now, I have a very heavy heart for their parents, to lose two sons at such young ages--two sons who both left behind young wives and young children.
Those of you who live in or near my small town, are aware of the huge tragedy we experienced last month, when 10 of our citizens were killed in a small plane crash. Nearly everyone I know knew someone involved, and there was a definite pall over the city for that first week as we attended memorial services and funerals. So many of them were very young. There was a young man whose wife was expecting their first child and another young woman who had just gotten engaged the night before.
Anyway, I've just been thinking a lot about our short time in this world, lately. We have absolutely no idea how much time we have left on this earth. It makes me want to be the best person I can be, every day. I have no time for selfish pursuits. I have no time to worry about silly things that don't matter in the hereafter. I have no time to ignore my most important responsibilities. I only have time to focus on nurturing my relationships with God and with those I love. I have time to find out what my mission is here, and do it. I have time to be the best wife and mother I can possibly be. I have time to teach my children the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It is so easy to lose sight of why we are here. I take comfort in the fact that my friend did know why he was here, and was doing all he could to make the best of this life, despite its hardships. I just hope that when it is my time to go, that I can leave without any regrets. That I can honestly say I have completed the mission I was sent here to do.
That quote we often hear about living each day as if it were your last, is definitely excellent advice.