Think about your life for a moment.
🌼All of the relationships you have
🌺The memories you plan to make with loved ones.
💗The broken marriage, parent/child relationship, or family relationship that needs mending.
🌴The future vacations you want to enjoy.
💃🏻Those bucket list activities you hope to do “someday”.
🧑🏻🍳The career change you’ve always wanted, but haven’t dared to make.
🕺🏻Those hobbies/skills you have always wanted to learn or better develop.
What if you were told today that you’re dying?
What would you do…how would you love…how would you live…differently?
Well….I have some very important news:
You are dying.
Every. one. of. us. is.
From the moment we are born, we are literally one step closer to death with each and every day that passes by.
Not being negative…in fact, when truly pondered, life can hold brand new meaning if we truly think about this.
Each year we’re alive, we pass by our birthday…but there’s another equally important date we pass by every calendar year…the date of our future death.
We pass by this date each and every year, so we need to be just as mindful of this date as we are of our (and our loved ones) birthday.
…truly get to living.
🤗Make the most of each & everyday
🙏🏻Love & treasure God with all your heart
🪴Choose to find & live out a purpose greater than yourself
🥰Love your loved ones extravagantly
🤩Give your kiddos, nieces, and nephews – all of your family – the gift of knowing they’re truly treasured, important, accepted, & loved
💋Go all out cherishing and showing love to your spouse
🌹Do what needs to be done so you can genuinely live a healed life – spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically
😍Be extra kind to everyone
🙏🏻Trust God with the difficult situations in your life…know and trust that He can – and if you ask, He will – make Romans 8:28 come to life for you
💕Repair the relationships that need repaired
💐Be a source of encouragement and joy to others
🧁Enrich your (& your loved ones) life with great memories & cool experiences
⭐️Frequently visit those you love and spend time with them
👠 Buy that pair of shoes – or that one outfit – that makes you feel like a million bucks
🕺🏻Dance in your living room
🍎Take the time to improve your health – health (& being “here” for family) truly is wealth
🍃Do the tough work of grief work and self work so you have the ability to heal and create your best days yet
🎵🎶Enjoy good music everyday
📔Be well read – read the Bible for encouragement and wisdom…read good quality books for self improvement…and read books for fun. If you have kiddos, read to them every night to develop their love for books and need for creativity
✏️Journal…Create a bucket list…Write thank you notes…Send letters of encouragement and gratefulness to those God places on your heart
🎉Celebrate every holiday and special occasion BIG…celebrate life…celebrate loved ones
❤️Make a difference
😇Forgive others – be the grace today that you’d hope to receive tomorrow
🐶Love (or get) a pet
😂🥲Celebrate, enjoy, and rejoice with those who rejoice … and intentionally grieve and mourn with those who grieve and mourn. Be a source of love, encouragement, compassion and comfort.
🌷Intentionally develop and leave a great legacy worth remembering
Get to it because at the end of your life – or your loved ones’ lives – you’ll either say, “If only I would’ve” … or … “I’m so glad I did!”
We (our loved ones, us) are all on loan from God…and one of these days, He will call each of us back…so make the most of every relationship you have.
Today’s the first day of the rest of your life…
Each day is a gift…and we get to decide how to daily unwrap it…so don’t waste a single precious moment of it.
Redeem the days.
Choose today, going forward, to live a full life of no regrets.
Happy weekend, everyone!
You are treasured.
You are important.
You are loved.
Your life is so very valuable and worth living!
Gratitude & blessings,
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