Why Does It Take Tragedy or a Scheduled Event…?

Yesterday, I was visiting with a family whose loved one is most likely days away from death. Someone made the statement, “I hate that it had to take this to get the family to come around.” Today, I thought the same things about giving thanks – “Why does it take a scheduled holiday to make people act thankful?”

Unfortunately, we are quick to become wrapped up in self. We get busy chasing our dreams and being consumed with our lives that we forget others. We often wait for the funeral to bring flowers.

I want to issue a challenge to each of us (myself included). Don’t forget the sick! Make some good memories before they can no longer speak. Don’t forget how good God is! You don’t have to wait for a church service to act out in Thanksgiving. Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say it, Rejoice!” I think the Scripture speaks for itself.

8 thoughts on “Why Does It Take Tragedy or a Scheduled Event…?

  1. Well said, it shouldn’t take such a tragic event to bring everyone under the same roof. Definitely make as many precious memories as possible. That’s the only thing we have left of our loved ones once they no longer walk the same soil as we do.

  2. Sound advice. We all have regrets on this issue. We could visit, but maybe next week. Canada’s thanksgiving day is in October. Conversing back and forth, there is no problem with ‘celebrating’ on the wrong day, for every day is a day to be thankful.

  3. I’ve so often thought this! Or: Why does it take Easter/Christmas to get people into church?? Why do some Christians only act like Christians on Sunday? It’s actually the ordinary days that best define who we are and what we believe. Thanks for posting this reminder Matthew!

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