This week I read a story about a dad whose name is Garth. Garth was diagnosed with cancer now for the third time. He was told by his medical team that he has an eight percent chance of living five more years. This news just confirms that there is a really good chance that Garth is soon going to die. Imagine getting that type of news. Imagine looking across the desk at the doctor who tells you that your life is coming to an end. You’re a mom or dad with a young daughter just getting ready to enter high school. What would you do?
Garth decided he was going to do something special. He is writing 826 napkin notes with inspiring words for his daughter whose name is Emma. He will have one note for his daughter’s lunch for every day she is in high school. Let me give you an idea of what his notes say.
One note says this, Dear Emma, sometimes when I need a miracle I look into your eyes and realize I already created one. Love, Dad
So often we wait for tragedy to hit before we let people know how much we care about and love them. It’s easy to get caught up in our own life pressures and forget what the Bible has told us. Take a look at James chapter 4 that says this, How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. The older I get the more I understand the truth in this verse. Life passes so quickly and there is no promise of tomorrow.
Let’s not wait until it is too late to tell others how special they really are. Spend plenty of time with your family. Our children grow all to quickly. Our spouses are growing older each day. At some point, if we live healthy lives, our daily work jobs will be finished and I suspect most of us will wish we had spent more time on some of the things in our life with eternal significance. Go home tonight, hug your family and tell them how special they really are. Your family needs to hear it from you.