It's not very often that we realize we have a once in a lifetime moment with someone we love. Whether it be an exciting, memory-making event or a comfortable evening curled up on the couch together, we assume we have a lifetime of these experiences.
In contrast, we may only have "now" to ask for forgiveness or to forgive. How many of us regret words spoken in haste...or words left unspoken?
And how many of us regret withholding ourselves emotionally and relationally, putting work or pride first or just assuming we could dig deep with our loved one "later?"
It is easy for us to settle with focusing on ourselves - how we feel and what is the easiest thing for us - instead of remembering that life here on earth is temporary.
"How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog - it's here a little while, then it's gone." James 4:14
I continue to be reminded of the brevity of life as I see stories of suffering and death every day. That could be me or someone I love today...or tomorrow. I don't want to look back and wish I'd soaked up each moment instead assuming I'd have another one tomorrow.
Lord, teach me to make the most of the time I have with the people I love and where You've placed me in this breath of life on earth (Psalm 90:12).