Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Length of A Tree...

One of my favourite proverbs is: "The true length of a tree is only known after it has fallen down". The adage is a bold reminder that we often appreciate people after they have gone out of our lives, or they have died.
It is a sad but true fact of life that we take each other for granted and perhaps even belittle the input in one another's life. We do not value the worth and gifts God has bestowed on those close to use, in many cases until it is too late. I overheard one daughter lamenting at her mother's funeral: "I wish I did not argue with mom so much during her life-time. I miss her"...Too late!!
I believe God put friends, relatives and even mere associates in our path and lives for a reason. It could be for sharpening each other, encouragement, comfort, meeting needs and a plethora of other reasons.
Alas, it is at funerals, farewell parties and other such not-so-happy events that we rue, cry and gnash teeth plus moan that while the people leaving us were around, we never showed any appreciation to them.
I encourage us to love, respect, honour and appreciate the folks the Lord has made it possible to interact with, while they are still in our midst. We are all special in a way and add value to each other in unique ways. We need one another and so let us live like a people that know at some point will need the help of others. I think God loves it when we treasure each other and show love, ...more love!!
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love". ( 1 Corinthians 13: 1 verse 13, NIV)


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