“It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you, it’s what you leave behind when you go.”
There are some lessons here. First of all think about your legacy. What have you done to make this world a better place? What will you be remembered for? Perhaps you were one who forged strong relationships. Or maybe you always had a kind word and a lift-me-up for those around you. On the other hand you could have been a mean and nasty soul who degraded those around you. It’s not too late. You make your own world. Is it a pleasant, joyful experience or a down and dirty struggle? It’s your choice.
Second, be prepared to go at a moments notice. You never know when it is your time. Make your peace with God ahead of time. Put your affairs in order now. Later never happens. Live in the moment. Forget the past. Forgive yourself for all your past transgressions and ask for God’s forgiveness, making a commitment to not repeat your mistakes. Then put them out of your mind. What’s done is done and cannot be redone. Don’t worry about the future. What will be, will be. The future is not for us to see. Dwelling on it will not change it. Trust in the Lord. The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you. With that assurance now make the most out of this moment. It is the first day of the rest of your life. It is not the past or the future that you can change or redo or make happen, it is this very moment you are in right now. Make the most of it. Then there are no regrets. You lived life to the fullest and that my friends is joyful!
When it is your time may you go with a smile on your face, joy in your heart and expectations of greater things to come! – Frederic L. Milliken