Last Words

12 Feb

How do we often remember someone?  Isn’t it by the words that they have spoken to us, either good or bad?  A person’s heart is revealed by the words that he/she speaks.

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. (Luk 6:45)

How often have you or I said something that we wish we could take back or feel strongly that we need to apologize for?  What if we never have that opportunity to express our apology and ask for forgiveness?  I am learning (and still learning) to choose my words carefully and also to not waste the opportunity to express my love towards others (again, I am still learning).

This morning, I woke up remembering the last words that Isaac expressed to us.  He told Brenda how he really liked adventures.  He asked for my appreciation of a stick that he was carving (which I regretfully only half-heartedly acknowledged).  He expressed his excitement over some large boxes that we were going to give to him to build something with.  These words and expressions revealed that his heart craved adventure and creativity.  Now he is experiencing an adventure and exploring the Heaven that we can only imagine for the time being.  Yet, we did not have the opportunity to remind him of our love for him and to say goodbye (for now) before he left this earth.  The words that you did say and wish you didn’t or that you didn’t say and wish you did can leave you feeling regretful.

I now pray that I seize the opportunities presented to me to share encouragement, grace, mercy, truth and the love of Christ through my words as well as my deeds (again, I am still learning).  I want to be fully engaged with my family, no matter how tired I may feel at the end of a day.  I want to be quick to forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those whom I have wronged.  I encourage you to share what’s on your heart with others, while you have the opportunity.  We are not guaranteed to ever have that chance again.




Posted by on February 12, 2012 in Grief, Spiritual and Emotional


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5 responses to “Last Words

  1. elaine

    February 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Thanks for sharing this. It is a wonderful reminder to really listen to our loved ones. I have a nephew living with us that needs to know the love of God in his life. I am often busy and not always keyed into what he is saying so this reminder so spoke to me today.

    • Ephesians 5:16

      February 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

      Elaine: Thank you for your comment. We can relate also to being busy with life – it just seems to happen, even if we don’t intend it to. We pray that you can be a great example of God’s love to your nephew.


  2. Betty Martin

    February 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Thank you, Andy, for the reminder of leaving others with a word of encouragement and thankfulness. It is often over looked in our world of busyness and pre-occupation with ourselves. Thus I want to end with a word of thankfulness to you and Brenda for your faithful posting of you heart and admonition. May the Lord comfort and encourage your hearts.

    • Ephesians 5:16

      February 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      Thank you Betty for your kind and encouraging words. We are thankful that you have blessed our lives.

      Love in Christ, Andy, Brenda and family

  3. Author of Christian Comfort & Conversation

    March 1, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    I agree we must cherish every moment we have. Life is to short for criticism. Love one another is what God says. When we love and live like God says to do, no regrets are left. I am sure he knows your love for him, because you carry it in your heart and you are sharing his very presence with all of us and giving us hope and words of wisdom of the do’s and dont’s.

    Thank you for reminding us to be loving.


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