Taking for granted

Every day we see loved ones, speak to family and friends or co workers. If we are lucky, then our family and friends live close to us. For others family members are spread all over the country or even the world. Today’s technology allows us to keep up with each other’s happenings simply by looking and posting on social media. We can even call each other via skype or facetime. It is truly amazing to have so many options available to us so we can see and speak to our family and friends no matter where we live.

How many times do we take advantage of these situations? How many actually use these technological masterpieces on a regular basis specifically for family time? I know I can honestly say that I am a facebooker. I frequent facebook daily. I love looking at the things going on in my family and friends lives. Even if it is sad news and someone I love needs a liitle extra prayer. What astounds me though is that I have overlooked the importance of face to face, in person contact. I have family members I haven’t seen in person in years. I take the in person time for granted.

For my family and friends whom I see daily, I apologize for ever taking you for granted. Sometimes I say hurtful things (which I truly don’t mean) and even do things I wouldn’t otherwise do if I knew our time together was limited. The truth is that our time together is limited. Saying hurtful things is unacceptable. Doing hurtful things or acting in a hurtful manner is unacceptable. No one is promised tomorrow. Do you really want to have regrets? Do you want to make someone you love feel unimportant? I know I don’t. I love my family. I take the time I have with them for granted each day. I know I won’t always be able to spend every moment with them and I know that I am human so I will make mistakes and will probably say things I don’t mean. I can promise you though, that I will apologize and let my family and friends know just how much they mean to me.

These past few months have shown me how precious life is and how real death is. Death is inevitable. Sadness is inevitable. But regret can be prevented. If anyone I love dies tomorrow, I want them to know and feel like I loved them deeply and sincerely because I do. I never want them to feel unimportant or unloved.

Ecclesiastes 7:14 –

On a good day, enjoy yourself; On a bad day, examine your conscience. God arranges for both kinds of days, So that we won’t take anything for granted.