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Life’s Too Short


The diagnosis of my cancer hit hard.

The blow it created that disrupted my life flowed into the lives of my husband, daughter, grandchildren, and many more around me.

For weeks after we got the news every time my husband and I walked by each other we would stop and hug for a long time.

We had no idea if that was going to be the last hug we ever got or what as the prognosis of my condition was yet to be determined.

Would I have two, three or fifty more years to live, we had no idea. All we knew at the time was life indeed was too short.

Too short to worry about the little things, like if the lawn got mowed like it should, or the car we were hoping to own got bought, or whether we liked what our spouse cooked for dinner last night or not.

Definitely too short to waste it on things that weren’t going to last anyway that had little valve or worth to them.

Recently my Aunt and Uncle’s home burnt to the ground. Everything they ever had in their life together was gone. Almost 60 years of marriage living in the same home on the very land my Uncle grew up on as a boy was no more. It didn’t matter what doll collection my Aunt had stored in there, or what a well supplied shop my Uncle designed, it was gone. The very home that carried the memories of their son before he died of leukemia at the age of nine was no more.

Whether we want to believe it or not, just that quickly, things can happen that rock our world.

Events that show us life is too short to worry about the things with little valve and worth attached to them. Events such as a house burning down, a love one diagnosed with cancer or other health issues, a car accident taking a life, or other devastating events coming out of nowhere creating a blow that disrupts our lives.

Suddenly the anger we are holding on to, or the new TV or car we were saving for aren’t worth it when we realize how short life is and how our world could be rocked into disruption at any time. For example, my Aunt and Uncle’s house that was quickly gone and all they had left were the clothes on their back and each other.

However, that in itself is not a true statement. What they escaped with was not only their lives but what they had between the two of them. The relationship they had developed over the years with each other and God. They didn’t escape with the things that weren’t meant to last forever anyway but they did get out with the things designed to do just that, their love for each other and God.

Life’s too short to waste it, concentrate on the things of true value and worth that can’t be destroyed.

Read more posts by Karen Gillett, JenningsWire blogger.


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