This week’s tragic news events have been heart-wrenching reminders that safety is never assured, and that death can come in an instant. The daycare accident, the school stabbings, the tour bus wreck, and even the sudden death of Ben Van Houten, should remind us that life is a blessing and each day should be appreciated. We get so caught up in trivial concerns and waste so much time worrying about the mundane events of the day, when our focus should be on our relationship with God and our purpose for being here.
I’ve mentioned before that I want my headstone to read, “She led a useful life.” I read that once in The Caddo Herald and it has stayed with me and has become my mantra. Being useful doesn’t mean being important or famous. It doesn’t involve doing great things each day. It means completing the task at hand to the best of my ability. It means doing what is right. It means trying to help others in little ways that are unobtrusive and sometimes anonymous. It means caring about others. I believe God allows us to be weak and imperfect so that we will need each other and work together to make the world a better place.
I overheard someone making big plans for the summer. Yes, we all do that. We plan ahead. We set goals. We anticipate. We hope. But let’s not let TODAY slip by unnoticed, unappreciated, or unused. Let’s make the most of each and every day that we are given.