Last night as I was sending invitations to my Facebook friends to “like” the Facebook page that goes with this website, I realized I was still friends with a few people who had passed away. I knew they had passed, some not too long ago, some years ago. How long after someone passes is it okay to ‘de-friend” them? I really don’t like getting birthday announcements or seeing the occasional posts on their pages from people who miss them.
I went to unfriend a few who are gone and found out that 2 more “friends” had passed without me noticing. It just goes to show you our Facebook “Friends’ aren’t all really our friends. Nothing beats the face to face, hand to hand, heart to heart friends we have. Those whose breath we feel when we talk to them, whose warmth we feel when they reach out and touch us and those who heartbeats we feel when they embrace us.
I went ahead and unfriended a few of those Facebook friends who are gone. I spent some time searching for obituaries for the ones who passed without me even noticing; hoping for some sort of information of what happened and when. One was 50, the other was 55. My father died at 53. I’m in my 50’s. It really makes me think about how we aren’t guaranteed any certain number of days in this life.
That brings me to question… Am I living my life to the fullest every day? Is how I’m living making my Savior happy? I’m sure there are plenty of areas I can work on.
You know that Tim McGraw song, “Live Like You Were Dying?” I don’t think I’ll go sky diving, or Rocky mountain climbing (although I might hike some in the Smokies!), and I surely won’t be riding 2.7 seconds on a bull! However, I can love deeper and I can speak sweeter, and I can stop and watch an eagle as it’s flyin’. Why not live like I am dying? I am. We all are.
I can also do a better job of sharing my faith with those around me. I can’t reach everyone, but I can show Christ’s love to those around me through word and deed. Hopefully through this blog, with your help, we can share a little of our faith with people all over the world.
Every day is a gift from God. What am I going to do ? I’m going to try harder to live my life a little fuller. Won’t you join me?
My prayer for you: “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Eph 3:16-18