I know the past few days have been heavy. They’ve been even tougher to write. Writing a story of such magnitude while praying you are honoring a family is no easy task.
I wanted to conclude with a few things I think we can all take away from Andrew’s story.
1. When life knocks you completely flat on your face, get up. Even if it’s slowly, just a bit at a time, get up.
2. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Enjoy it.
3. We never have an excuse to say, “No, I can’t.”
4. Savor every moment with the ones you love. No one has been promised tomorrow.
5. Love deeply.
6. Stop focusing on things that don’t matter. Invest your time into things that will matter forever.
7. Hug your children. Every.Single.Day.
In Andrew’s words:
“The only reason I can carry on is I have no guilt – no guilt for the time that they were here, because I gave it everything. At the weekend, my phone was always switched off from work. Have we all got jobs that are so important that it cannot wait until Monday? If I had not done that I would not have the memories I have today. And, those are the only things I have left….
If there is one thing I could tell people, it is never to take your family for granted, never make excuses that you have to work to provide what you think they need. All they really need is your time and that costs nothing. All the toys and presents that I bought have all been thrown away. All I am left with are my memories. And, the only reason I have those is that I spent the time with them.”
I cannot pretend to comprehend Andrew’s loss. But, I can say that his life is a testimony to what it means to invest into your loved ones and what it means to move forward. It is also a reminder to us all that every single second counts. It doesn’t make the pain less. But, perhaps, more bearable. I am humbled by his strength and his permission to tell his story. And, I am proud to call him my friend.
Andrew continues to inspire me from thousands of miles across the Atlantic.
I hope his story has inspired you to live in the moment.
What is keeping you from enjoying today? Are you letting things that have no eternal value rob you of investing into what really matters?
What will you take away from Andrew’s story?
Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered – how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath. Psalm 39:4-5