My younger sister and I had been conversing on the phone for about half an hour. It had been a few weeks since I last spoke or emailed her and it seemed as though we had an endless number of topics on which to catch up. Finally, during a lull, she remarked, “Well, nice talking with you.”
“Wait!” I protested. “Do you have something to do?”
“Why, do you have to tell me something?”
“No…just want to talk story.”
“Wait! You sure you don’t have anything to tell me?”
“No!” I was laughing. “Just want to catch up!”
“You know what this means, right?”
“Uh…no I don’t.”
“The mere fact that I am suspicious that you’re not telling me something tells me we don’t talk enough!”
I laughed. “Yeah, I guess you’re right. I just never thought so deeply about this!”
Laughing, she said, “Ok…love you!”
It is ironic that simply desiring to spend more time in conversation with someone close to me would elicit suspicion of an ulterior motive. It was humorous but an underlying truth was present. I didn’t spend enough time talking with my sister. As I reflected upon her insight, I realized that she is not the only one. Relatives, godparents, even my own immediate family-all should receive more of my prayers and attention. I should spend more time in deep quality conversations, rather than a cursory and perfunctory, “How was your day?”
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Psalms 90:12 (ESV)
Our sojourn on this earth is brief. At any moment, our lives may change. Health issues, financial problems, trouble at work-the list and permutations are endless. Knowing this should motivate each of us to make each moment count. Every relationship should never be taken for granted and every conversation savored as if it were our last one. It should also remind all of us that our souls are eternal and life does not end with our earthly existence. When we die, we can spend eternity with God in Heaven or we can suffer unimaginable horrors in hell. God loves us but respects our free will to choose. He offers us the choice of salvation and eternal life if we confess and repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. For all who accept this offer of salvation, we will spend eternity in continual fellowship with each other and with God our Creator…and we will have more than enough time to catch up with each other!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.