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Life is short

[First Friday guest post from Paul Merrill]

My mom died in June. She was a month shy of 80. Her life was long and full, by most standards.

Psalm 39:4 says:

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered –
how fleeting my life is.

She had a nearly full refrigerator. Her car insurance was paid for almost a year in advance. She was not planning to die. (Few of us do.) But all of her accounts were settled, in the relational sense. She had no regrets about those she needed to forgive.

How are you facing the rest of your days?

You have heard the concept of carpe diem – seize the day. We should live our life like each day may be our very last. That shouldn’t mean indulging in a hedonistic rampage of filling ourselves with all the pleasures we can grab. Rather it should mean loving those we know to the best of our abilities. And asking God to give us wisdom to know how to love those in our lives better – beyond our abilities.

It seems like almost every job provides us with a difficult person to relate to. Even if you work alone, you probably deal with vendors or clients. One co-worker stretches you in ways they don’t even know about.

Love them.

Pick up the phone. Call that old friend you haven’t spoken to in a while.

Love them.

There may be someone in your family you just can’t relax around. Speak to them. Clear the air.

Love them.

That homeless guy who’s parked on that same corner every morning on your way to work?

Love him.

That intimidating superior at work you just can’t relate to? Think of a way to humbly bridge the gap.

Love her.

You won’t regret it.


Paul is with his family in Texas this weekend for his mother’s memorial service. Please pray with them.