God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
~ Hebrews 6:10-12
One thing about working with hospice patients each day is that I meet people who understand that their time left to live is being limited by something, and that the whole idea of quantity versus quality, and what is important, become new lessons each day.
Many times my conversations will focus on, "What is it that God is still trying to teach me?"
A beautiful lady I spent time with, who was an avid reader and learner told me, "Even on the day of my death, God will be teaching me how to die."
Each day we live, God is continuing to reach out to us and offers something that we can learn. Frankly, I think that life could become quite boring, or even stagnant, if it weren't for new opportunities for growth.
We learn over time that we need rest. We learn what foods are healthy, and a lot about creating and having relationships that are good and healthy for us.
I don't think we should wait until we are living in the final months of our life before we start asking what it is that God is trying to teach us. Instead, I would hope that we may begin our day as a blank canvas, asking God what it is that God desires us to learn, so that we may grow into what it is that God has created us to be. The learning opportunities are limitless!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.