The circle of life is pretty amazing when you think about it. In the same hospital … just a short distance apart, I saw life and death this week.
I stood yesterday in a room with a proud new mom and dad as they welcomed their new baby boy into this world. This young family was experiencing emotions like joy, excitement and happiness. My heart was so excited for them.
Earlier, just down the hall at the hospital, I stood with a different family. This family wasn’t experiencing the thrill of a new life. There was no happiness, excitement or joy. Instead, this family had just said good-bye to a mother and a friend. Instead of tears of joy, there were tears of sadness. My heart hurt for them.
Going through my head were the verses from Ecclesiastes: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die… a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…”
In the same hospital, one family celebrates while the other family weeps. One family welcomes a new birth while the other feels the pain of death. It’s what we call “life.” It’s reality. Sometimes life is incredibly rewarding, and at other times life will crush your heart.
Truth is … everyone will experience both of these, both life and death. If you’re reading this, you’ve already experienced the birth part … now you are just waiting for your turn on the death part. Neither you nor I know when that death will take place, but it will come. Because it will come, live your life well … and live your life for God.
It’s called life, and you are I are experiencing it. Know this … how you live this life will make ALL the difference in the one to come.