Have you ever given much thought to what you would leave behind if you died today? I am thinking about that as I spend my day sorting through another person's belongings: what to keep for her children, what to keep for a family member, what can I use, what can be sold, what is trash?
It is amazing the things people value above others, and we all value slightly different things. And the things you leave behind tell a story to those sorting through it all.
A carefully wrapped vase indicates a sentiment for the item or the occasion that brought it into possession. A carelessly discarded book cries out its insignificance. The painstakingly wrapped and packed box of framed photographs tells of a love for the lives they captured. A sink full of dirty dishes speaks of someone who values things outside of a clean kitchen. And a child's faded bicycle tells of a toy that was either well-used or ill-tended.
What would your story be? Mine would shout from the moment you enter: Warning! Housework not loved here! But I hope it would also speak of my love for my family, my dedication to my children, and the happiness we all shared inside these walls together.
Do you ever wonder about what you would leave behind? We seem to always be counting on tomorrow, when in fact, tomorrow is not a guarantee. May God grant us all the wisdom to use today in a meaningful way; to chase our dreams and live out our values for the world to see.