My husband backed out of our driveway for a work-related trip.
Fifteen minutes later my son did the same to go play baseball in a neighboring town.
I then read the news on Facebook. In a handful of counties away, four fourteen-year-old boys were killed in a Gator (similar to a golf cart)/vehicle accident late yesterday afternoon.
This mother’s heart began to ache. Oh, the pain their parents and families must be bearing this day. How their small towns must be grieving. How the pain the driver of the truck that hit them must be almost too much to bear.
My thoughts turned to my husband, and to my son who just minutes earlier drove away. And to my daughter, not knowing her whereabouts at the moment.
“God, please protect them. Please keep each one safe.”
The thought of losing any of these precious three about makes me sick to my stomach. I love them so much, I’d trade my life for theirs any day.
Even though I don’t know personally those involved, when a jolt of reality through a tragedy like this makes you feel pangs of heartache, life gets put in perspective.
The piddly things I’ve been fussing about. The pesky distractions in my life. The minor things I’ve been majoring in. The bumps in this journey. None of them are important.
Oh, and if I needed another reminder…
Life isn’t about me.
My life is to be about the One Who blesses me with it.
Am I living the life God has blessed me with for Him?
Am I living each day with joy, gratitude, and an appreciation for life?
Do I make each moment count?
Am I making a difference in the lives of others?
Am I building relationships?
Or am I more concerned about building my bank account?
Am I making God’s name known?
Or am I too focused on making my own name known?
I may very well be the only one who gets caught in this trap of living self-focused. But if I’m not, and if you’re re-awakened today to the fact how we live our lives in the time we have on this earth matters, may you and I make any alterations necessary to keep our thoughts, our attitudes, our hearts, and our lives on the “make a difference” course.
May we invest in others’ lives. May we be about making an eternal impact, not just a feel-good-in-the-moment impact. May we tell those we love that we do so daily. May we squeeze out every ounce of life we’re given each day.
To make a difference. Not for ourselves, but for others. And for Jesus.
We’re given one opportunity to live this life. Let’s make it count.
Will you join me in lifting up those affected by this tragedy through prayer, petitions and support?
God bless you,
Linking up with Holly Barrett for Testimony Tuesday.