A Most Precious Gift

Today when I arrive at the office to begin my day this is the first email I see. – I have omitted names to protect privacy.

“It is with great sadness that I inform every one of the passing of our co-worker, a team member, the young man who suffered a catastrophic medical event early last week has unfortunately died. The young man was 36 years old with a wife and six-year-old daughter.

He joined our organization as a temporary employee two years ago and was quickly hired permanently.  Subsequently, he was promoted to manager and was very well liked by his fellow team members; they remarked on what an amazing person he was, with a beautiful quiet spirit always doing the right thing, he was a real person with a sincere desire to help others. 

It is difficult for those who worked closely with him to lose someone they cared about and enjoyed working with, but more devastating for his wife, child, and his parents.  It reminds all of us that life can be fleeting at best, and how we are to our focus every day on the gift of life and the gifts of life in our lives that matter, our families, significant other, children and all others that we care about and who care about us.”

My morning quickly shifted and in that moment it somehow began again as I read those words my day suddenly took on an entirely new meaning and totally different perspective. As I was reminded of what this life is really all about.

Sometimes because our life is so busy we forget that life is so fragile. It is so ironic that we get a glimpse of it when someone is dying, diagnosis with a chronic disease, or when we see or hear something terrible happening around us, when it hits close to home, we tend to forget so soon and get into our selfish lifestyle.

While many will only see the gifts of life, for them the thought of life itself being a gift is a little abstract. The claim that life is a gift suggests a responsibility on the part of the recipient of the gift to respond with gratitude without taking issue with the precise attributes and characteristics of what has been given and now received.

Begging the question can something be given and received without that something being a gift, for example, a test, or a communicable disease. In fact, sometimes you may not feel as though your life is a gift at all. Particularly when your life seems stuck somewhere between then, there, and now when you are unable to see any progress or change. During those times, it may be hard to embrace each day with a smile keeping an open mind. But then you somehow suddenly realize the quality of life should never be measured in part.

You begin thinking about the things that you are worried about; you soon conclude nothing is more precious or amazing than life itself. At that moment, you realize every day is more special than the last and each day is irreplaceable. The Psalmist teaches us in Psalm 90:12 that we struggle with comprehending the uniqueness of life when he says “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom”.

We know the things of life to be temporal; then we are reminded of how our life itself is short, momentary, uncertain, and ever-changing. James tells us in James 4:14 “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” It stands to reason since we don’t know how much time we have; we should learn to use what we have wisely. To treat life itself as a great gift, a precious gift.

Don’t live your life one more day in regret. Take each day in stride and remember life is precious and each day a blessing. Every day is an opportunity to live your life to its fullest no matter what your circumstance. Now is the time to seek the Lord. Isaiah 55:6-9 says “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” You have no guarantee of tomorrow. When you have God in your life, you will have purpose. If you don’t understand the very fact that life is a gift, then all the beauty, wonder, love, and experience to be found on this earth are meaningless. Life is the ultimate gift; it is an incredible gift; it is an eternal gift. How you live your life will determine the quality of the life you live, and how you see your life will directly reflect your values and priorities.

God’s Peace!


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