Considering this inconvenient truth, we are often tempted to be philosophical. That is not my purpose of writing on this day. Hebrews 3:13 exhorts us to, "But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called 'Today,' so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin." "Encourage one another day after day." Let me encourage each of you to take the time to reach out and encourage someone who's been on your mind - today! Make the phone call. Send the text. Drop by and treat a friend for lunch. Give that buddy a hug! "Life is hard and then you die" or so the saying goes! That gives each of us a perfect excuse to take the time to encourage a friend - now! If they're on your mind, let them know. If you feel the need to connect, what's stopping you? If they don't pick up, leave a message - not just your name and number - a message! Tell them you were thinking about them. Tell them you love them. Tell them you're there for them!
I doubt that I'll be the last one standing of my generation. Nevertheless, while I'm breathing, the world in which I live and my friends who live in it, deserve my best! They need to hear my voice, see my messages, and receive my encouragement. It may not cure what ails them, but just maybe in will stir them up as they fight the good fight!
Be a friend! Encourage others! Use you voice and your gifts to be a blessing. Work to bless others while you can! The time to enter a long, long rest will come soon enough - for each of us!
See you along the trail of encouragement!