This is a significant October, as I am reminded how important it is to celebrate life. And, you need to celebrate life with those you love while they are still here, and not do it at their funeral. (Not that you shouldn’t celebrate one’s life at their funeral, you most certainly should. But, let me tell you, it is so much more enjoyable to honor someone you love while they are still living!)
Maybe you are asking yourself, where did she get all of this from?
Next week my dad will be 70 years old, and this past Friday my aunt—my mom’s sister—turned 75. Both of these birthdays are milestones in my eyes.
To commemorate the occasion of my aunt’s birthday, her kids threw her a surprise party yesterday. And, what a surprise it was! There were approximately 80 people there—lots of family, old friends from their old neighborhood, church friends, work friends, and even some of her friends that she plays bingo with. I saw people there that I knew back when I was a kid that I had not seen in 30 plus years. What a pleasure it was to be there with all these fine folks.
My aunt was truly surprised and humbled. She cried, my mom cried, I cried. (That’s just how we roll! Lol) But, these were happy tears. It was amazing to witness an event where people that you love just come together to celebrate life. My mom shared a nice thought with me at the beginning of the party. She said, “Look around, this is just a taste of what heaven will be like.” I did look around. I got teary-eyed again, as I knew she was right. What a wonderful thing to know that I get to spend eternity with so many good people.
My aunt took a few moments to express her gratitude to everyone who was there. She said how blessed she has been to have so many wonderful people in her life and made note of those special people who are no longer with us. She thanked God and told us we should all be thankful too. She gave God the glory!
It was a short, but sweet message that really hit home. During the rest of party, many people recognized how nice it was to see and visit with each other on a happy occasion, rather than a sad one, such as a funeral. Because, I mean, honestly, isn’t that about the only time you see certain people in your life? What a shame!
Each and every day is a gift. I know we all know this, but it is so easy to forget. We get busy with life and we take it for granted. So, I am here today to remind you that you must stop doing this! How?
Make spending time with the people you love a MUST DO. Get out your calendar. Call your family. Email your friends. Go have lunch. Drink some tea. Go shopping. Watch a movie. Go bowling. Make appointments and keep them. Celebrate life. Trust me, you will be glad you did!
So, next weekend, I will be hanging out with my dad. I mean, he only turns 70 once!
I am so glad you are here! I am Erica Strickland, a girl who loves God. My goal here is to simply share His love and light.