If 2016 taught us anything, I think the takeaway is to appreciate each and every day, and to cherish your loved ones and not take any of them for granted.
Too many famous people died last year. Too many people died, period. I keep thinking about the people in Gatlinburg who lost their lives during the blazing inferno that swept through Sevier County around Thanksgiving.
You never get a second chance to tell that special someone what they mean to you once they’re gone. There is no redo button on life.
That’s why it’s vitally important not to assume that your spouse, your kids, your parents, and your family know that you love them. You need to say the words and keep saying them as long as you have days.
Your team will win some games and lose some. Your jobs may or may not come and go and you may or may not go through at least one career change. You will find that no bank account is big enough to fill the void inside your soul.
But those people God has put in your life are what really matter. Your job is to speak life and wisdom and healing into their lives, just as they will speak those things into yours. Hopefully at the end of it all, they will all be better people who are more like Jesus from having known you, and visa versa.
Not everyone will appreciate God’s gifts and calling on your life. Some won’t want to get to know you and will choose not to like you, regardless. That’s when you remember that your true identity and validation come from Christ and only Christ, not your spouse or kids. Not your parents.
Still, it’s important to speak those words into the lives of those in your life, especially those three little words that can mean so much: I love you.