One thing that COVID-19 has taught me, with the suddenness and the severity with which it could strike, is that we all have a limited time here on earth.
Even pre-COVID times, I have been taught this lesson. I almost died in June 2014, because if I hadn’t gone to the ER when I did, my gall bladder would have burst. If that happened, I would not be here today!
As I have gotten older, I have realized that I have spent too much of my life angry and hurt. I had spent too much time holding grudges and arguing with people who won’t even be there for my funeral! I spent too much of my life worrying about things that would be resolved within days of the incident or things that have no eternal impact at all.
In 2020, I have observed people around me fall into similar patterns. I see people against who they voted for in the last election. Mind you, many of them are not arguing with close family members or friends who they see often, but people gone from their in-person life, or someone who they haven’t seen in twenty or so years. I’ve seen people arguing with a store employee who they probably don’t have to deal with on a daily basis about rights and mask wearing. I’ve known people who have lost sleep over things that were resolved within days of the incident.
If we do things like I have observed from various people this year and like I have done when I was younger, then we are wasting our lives! No one will say on their death bed, “ I wish I had spent more time arguing with person X about xyz.” On their death bed, no one will care about whether a particular store requires us to wear a mask or not. We will not be concerned with work-related stresses or, on the other hand, anything related to entertainment, such as how a favorite team is performing.
Most people will think about what they had wish they had done differently in life, whether it is how they treated people or opportunities they wish they had taken. They will want more time to make things right in their world, but at the same time, regretting that they hadn’t used the time they were given more wisely.
Don’t let that be you. Don’t waste your life!
Ask yourself when you are tempted to get in a heated debate with someone: Will that person even be in my life a year from now? Is that person even in my daily in-person life today? When I die, will the person be there for my funeral? If the answer is “No,” disengage and walk away from the conversation.
Spend time with people who are supportive of you. Minister to those around you. Smile at a person who is having a rough day, and encourage their soul. Be determined to be a peacemaker and a life saver in someone’s life today.
Ask yourself when you are worried about something: Will this even matter a year from now? Does this situation have eternal significance? If not, QUIT worrying about it! Also, remember what it says in Isaiah 26:3 (KJV), “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee,” and Romans 8:28 (KJV), “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” In other words, God will give you peace when you give your worries to Him and trust that He will bring you through the situation for our good and His glory.
When we begin to have an eternal perspective on things and live like it could be our last days on earth, not only will we most likely have more joy in our lives, but our lives will never be wasted!