Why do so many of us only come tor realize our time on Earth is precious after someone dies?


Why is it so many of us say…“I should have taken more time with them

to love…

to laugh…

to play….

only after that person has left us…only after they’ve passed away?


Why does it take a person dying to make us think of the world we wanted to create?  

Why do we wait to do all the things we should have done…

until it is too late?


I wish everyone could understand before a death…

how time is a gift 

bestowed upon us by our creator…

from above…

a gift to be shared over and over again

with all of those, in life, we love.


I wish we all would spend more time 

with the ones we love 

while the ones we love still live…

because ‘more time’ is a gift…

the creator does not give.

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I think the answer to the

I think the answer to the questions raised by your words is in our fallen nature:  part of the mutation of that nature, since our expulsion from Eden, is that we have become procrastinators.  Even the Twelve Apostles, even as late as the day of Christ's Ascension, had (deliberately, I suggest) delayed or postponed their acceptance of His evangelical ministry in order to focus, yet once more, on a political solution to the problem of the Roman Empire's presence in the land of Israel (so the Evangelist Saint Luke told us in Acts 1).  Yet, as of Pentecost, these same knuckleheads were suddenly fully equipped to embark upon the declaration of the Gospel's truth and meaning (and not just their political opinions)---an effort that would cost all but one of them death by martyrdom.  Ultimately, our procrastination (which, superficially, may oppose the Will of God) is accorded, by God, the privilege of participation, as one of His instruments, in the accomplishment of His Sovereign Will and Intentions.  In this flesh, this world, and this phase of our existence, we are instinctive postponers; yet God neither abandons nor withdraws from us, but converts our hesitations to forward movement---in His timing, for His uses and purposes.  I think the final two lines, however, do not quite acknowledge that in not giving us the gift of "more time," our Lord still gives us the gift of "enough time."  He who determines the span of all things, as part of His Sovereign Will, does give us "enough time."  To say, or even to suggest, otherwise would be a blasphemous and very shortsighted, and fully erroneous, assertion.  


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