A few months ago in church, our preacher was talking about a young lady who was taken from the world "before it was her time." He went on to say that it actually wasn't before her time because it was already planned out by God, we just didn't know. We never know when we will take our last breath, that's what makes love so important. That night I was laying in bed and I started to think about everything that was said that morning..and i started writing:
"Tonight I realized that as Christians, we should never sit around and wonder why things happen the way they do. Especially when it comes to people. Some people come into our lives, and in the blink of an eye, they're gone..in that split second they left an impact that lasted a lifetime. And some people come into our lives, stay for a while, and then they leave..and when they leave they take our hearts, or tear our world apart. And others come, and stay forever, and you can't stop wondering how you got so lucky. But in the end, people are placed strategically in our world whether we wanna think like that or not. Whether it's to heal a broken heart, break your heart..see you smile, make you smile..for a brief moment, or the brief time we have on the planet..they're there for the time they need to be, they're there for the reason that they are supposed to be, and then they're done.
Cause that's how God made it, that's how God wants it, and that's how God is."
We spend so much of our time
dwelling on things that are over with, things that are changed- like i've said before, that's because we're human. We have THE hardest time trusting that when God takes something away from us, it's usually to give us something better. I've always been one to put up a guard so high no one can see over the top of it. I've always been reluctant to commit and quick to find a way out when i did. But lately i've come to the realization that all of this- every heart break, every time we thought we weren't going to be okay, every single ending- they're a part of this crazy life that we are all blessed with..and it's been put right in front of some of us these last few days that this life is taken just as fast as it is given. We are supposed to take chances when our backs are against the wall. We are supposed to "take the first step, even when we don't see the whole staircase."We are supposed to love like crazy, with our whole hearts. It's the purest, rawest and realest emotion we can feel. We're reminded of the greatness of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8:
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.."
Challenge: If you love someone, don't be scared to tell them. You never know when they'll take their last breath.