According to Google, the average person will spend 6 months of their lives waiting in line. If you factor in waiting at traffic lights and being in a queue online or on the phone, that jumps to 5 years!
I have seen the above picture more than once before. It has always struck a chord with me. Today, I was moved to share it:
Waiting in “the line”
Every minute someone leaves this world behind.
We are all in “the line” without knowing it.
We never know how many people are before us.
We can not move to the back of the line.
We can not step out of the line.
We can not avoid the line.
So while we wait in line –
Make moments count.
Make the time.
Make your gifts known.
Make a nobody feel like a somebody.
Make your voice heard.
Make the small things big.
Make someone smile.
Make the change.
Make sure to tell your people they are loved.
Make sure to have no regrets.
Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior.
Make sure you are ready.
“Live every day as if it were your last. Some day, you’ll be right.”
That quote has stuck with me for over 30 years and it hits hard. “Tomorrow is promised to no one” they say and this is also a powerful truth. In the last few weeks, a radio friend (who was younger than me) passed suddenly due to something wrong with his heart. Then I received a message that another radio co worker (a mere 8 years older than me) died suddenly of a brain aneurism.
This afternoon, my godmother, who recently had a hemorrhagic stroke, was at the front of “the line.” As a result of the complications from the stroke, she passed away this afternoon. Her life cut short way too soon. She was one of the sweetest people I know and I wish I had more time with her. I’m going to miss her terribly.
Rest in heaven, Karen. I will always love you. Thank you for playing such a special role in my life.
The lesson of this blog? Remember: You never know your place in “the line.” Live your life with that knowledge.