A friend and I were discussing the future, talking about what we wanted in our lives and things that we wanted to do. I think we were both feeling the need to plan for and intentionally move toward some of those dreams.
We both had stories to share that were hugely motivational for us. Here is mine (you might want to grab a tissue).
My father-in-law was one of the kindest men you will even meet. He always greeted me with a hug and warm, welcoming words. One summer day he walked out into the Texas heat and tried to cut down a tree. He had a stress induced heart attack. Neighbors saw him on the ground, but not in time. He didn’t make it. He died and left family and many friends stunned and grieved. He was 54.
He was a great husband and dad. He was a hard worker. He was a believer (yeah!), a teacher, an encourager and so much more …
… but he set many of his dreams aside for retirement ~ a retirement he never reached.
I doubt he would have seen his life as a waste. He loved his family and served faithfully in so many ways, but I have to grieve for his unfulfilled dreams. I have to grieve for the richness of what he could have lived and what he could have offered to others if he had made room for his dreams in his day to day life instead of waiting for a day that never came.
Don’t let this happen to you. Explore your dreams and passions today. Invite your friends over today. Play in the mud with your kids today. Ravish your husband today. Learn to play the piano today.
Don’t wait until the kids are older. Don’t wait until you have a bigger house or nicer dishes. And, please, please, don’t wait to say “I’m sorry” or “I love you.”
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Scott is starting up a series on Grace ~ A Grace-Full Marriage – Introduction (from Journey to Surrender)
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