The Brevity of Life

“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good.” (Psalm 90:12,15)

16 years ago (Aug 29), I had no idea it would be the last family fun night together on that Friday of Labor Day weekend. The following day (Aug 30), my wife and all 4 children drowned in the Kansas Flash Flood of 2003. I was the sole survivor.

My heart still aches. I still cry. I still miss them...even now.

After their bodies were recovered from the flood aftermath, I uttered these words into the cameras and microphones. “I have no regrets.”

I could say that because we lived a purposeful life with one another, intentionally cherishing each another. I gave them all hugs on our last day together. I told them all, “I love you.”

16 years ago, we shared pizza, popcorn, and ice cream at home. We made memories. Thank God.

This Labor Day weekend, take a moment to realize the brevity of life. View life through the lens of eternity and “no regrets.” When we ponder death, it often helps put life into proper perspective.

Enjoy your families this weekend to the fullest. Do something worthwhile together. Turn off the TV and tune into your family. Pitch the remote and pitch a tent in the backyard instead. Make some s’mores. Have a BBQ. Ride bikes together. Make a memory – as if today were your last. None of us knows when that moment might be.

Remarkably, God has since graced me with another beautiful wife and 5 amazing children (ages 12 years down to 11 months)! We plan to celebrate family this weekend in as many of the ways I just described as possible…all by the grace of God.

[KNOW GOD – no regrets]