Today’s Scripture: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. JamesĀ 4:14

Most people hate to wait. I know that when the maitre’d says the wait is going to be 10 minutes to be seated in a restaurant, those 10 minutes are going to seem more like 10 hours! And yet, when my grandchildren have a birthday, I realize that a whole year has sped by as if on wings. When this realization hits me, I pray that I will take every opportunity to tell them how precious they are to me.

Sometimes people wait for something terrible to happen before they tell their friends and loved ones how much they care: The cancer diagnosis, the close-call traffic accident, a mysterious illness. These catastrophic events justifiably bring a rush of pent up feelings of gratitude to those who have made life worth living.

But why do we have to wait so long before we tell those we love how much we appreciate them? Instead, we should be taking every opportunity given to express our gratitude. Maybe your husband or wife needs to hear the words, “I love you. I appreciate how hard you work for our family.” Perhaps your son or daughter needs a boost. Maybe your employer needs to hear how much you admire and respect him or her. A close friend could be waiting for you to express your appreciation for their friendship.

James writes that life is like a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Make sure you use every possible opportunity to tell someone you love them…before it’s too late.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder