A lot of times, we get carried away with our responsibilities and tasks. We give little thought towards our loved ones. The people who genuinely care about us. I am guilty of that. In earlier years of my life, when I was just starting to expand my businesses, I gave a little time to those who loved me – my family and friends. Most of them stuck around. They continued to show how much I meant to them. Sadly, some people in my life loved me greatly, but I couldn’t return that love. They are no longer there, and I sincerely regret that. When these events took place, it didn’t bring in much of a change in me. I was grieving, but that’s about it.
Almost every Friday just before the sunset, while I watch the waves crash on the shore, in my favourite spot, I end up pondering on things in life. Quite recently, while in the process of doing that, I started to realise how short our lives on this earth is. I was imagining myself getting old, feeling unwanted, and left in a rest home. Now that’s a very long way away but something to consider. I would be no longer considered ‘useful’ at that age. I certainly don’t want to feel abandoned. I would love to hear from people I love. I would like to see them check up on me and see how I am doing, showing that they still care. It would be awesome if they would make me feel wanted. So I decided to do what I would have wanted for myself. So every Friday, I made a promise to myself, to call my grandparents and check up on them.
I am often quite busy with a lot of business issues to deal with, but I stuck to this promise. Today, after making a phone call, I heard my Nana tell me how much this call meant to her. Right after she enquired about how we all were doing as a family, I asked her, how she was feeling? She was in tears, and it brought tears to my eyes. She said, none of my sons checked up on me since months. She told me how lonely she felt, and she was very appreciative of my call. We often forget, but a lot of people you love would not stay in this world forever. They are bound to be called home, and we never know when that’ll happen. Take a moment from your busy life. Make it a priority to stay in touch with those who love you. Even a minute of your phone call might mean the world to them. Think of the joy it brings to others.
Love is not always a two-way thing. I’ve realised that quite recently. So don’t be discouraged, love those who love you and also those who don’t. I am not talking about passionate love but rather selfless love (Agape). God loved you even before you had a chance to love Him. He loves those who still don’t even know Him or What He did for them. We lack a lot of Love in his world. Show people around you some love today and let that draw them nearer to God.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13)