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.