Monday, February 13, 2017

Love Is What Warms Our Hearts

A couple of weeks ago I was looking through old photo albums. I happened across an old Valentine's letter my biological father wrote to my mother prior to his death. Part of it read, "who needs diamonds and flowers when love is what warms our hearts...and what makes us happy when times are hard." It really got me pondering the concept of death, as well as what we leave behind on earth afterwards.

Through our struggles, we acquire a unique meaning of life. We leave behind an impression of that meaning long after we are gone. The words we write are a manner in which this is done. Brief sentences written in cards or lengthy social media posts seem trivial in the moment. However, they  are an accumulation of lessons learned. Even if unperceived at the time, they are our voice, how we want to be remembered. They communicate a lasting significance and have the ability to influence people you never physically encountered. I never knew my dad, but his words still made an impact.

I am thankful for my dad and the words he left. As horrible (and nightmarish) as illness is, I am also grateful it has given me a louder voice- a voice that would essentially be nonexistent had circumstances been different. My newfound focus is to be conscientious and intentional with my words because they far surpass the average earthly lifespan.

What impression will you leave?

"And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." - 1 Corinthians 13:13