Do you ever wish you could just go back in time and undo all the mistakes you’ve made? You can! You’re there now! You are living in 2018’s “back in time.”
This is a painful exercise, but I sometimes do it unintentionally. I did this when Chelsea lost a classmate to a monster truck as he tried to beat it across the highway on his bike. When a former member of our church family lost her husband to depression and suicide, I did this again. It’s a place I can’t stay for long because the hurt is too deep, the pain too terrifying, and it’s not healthy or wise or even logical to grieve over events that have not yet transpired. Yet, sometimes we can’t help but step into another’s shoes and imagine the pain they must be feeling.
Imagining such things does put us in a position to more fully empathize with the person in whose life this has become, not just hypothetical, but a heart-breaking reality.
If you have a loved one with a terminal illness, you have probably already done this unwittingly countless times. It may be God’s way of easing you into dark waters that you’re unsure now whether you’ll be able to navigate. It’s only by the loving grace of God that any of us could.
Close your eyes and imagine that you’ve lost someone close to you: a child, a husband, a parent, a sister or brother, someone who you haven’t already lost. They’re not coming back through the door. You won’t be able to pick up the phone to call them. They’re gone. Whatever you want so say to them right now doesn’t matter because they’re not here to hear it. You won’t even get one last time to try to etch the sound of their voice into your memory. You would give anything right now to be able to put your arms around their neck one more time. The thought of it makes you ache because you know they’re not coming back.
Now, open your eyes. God has heard your cries and you have your loved one back. They’re not gone! They’re still here! All the things you wished you had been able to tell them are still possible! This is your do-over. Be thankful to God that He has given you this day. Make your phone call. Make your visit.
Do you wish you could go back in time and take better care of your body? You can! You’re there right now! You are living in 2025’s “back in time.”
Close your eyes. Your room is dark, but you can see the glow from fluorescent lighting in the hallway and you can hear the quiet conversations of the night nurses at their station. You can’t have anything to eat or drink because tomorrow is your surgery. You’re having your leg amputated. “How am I going to live?” you ask yourself. You haven’t even lost it, yet, but you’re already mourning the absence of your leg. “I should have taken better care of my diabetes. With Trim Healthy Mama, I had the answer to better health right in my lap, but I kept putting it off and putting it off. I hung out in the THM Beginners group and I saw all the other ladies’ successes. I even asked questions and jotted down recipes, but I had been afraid to make the leap. I was still sitting on the fence, not sure if I should order the book or not. What if I failed?” Then you realize the irony of that question, and you answer, “I did fail! I failed by not acting. I failed by being complacent and noncommittal. I failed by not even trying. It’s nobody’s fault but my own, I know, but, oh, how I wish I could go back to 2015 and really, really give Trim Healthy Mama a try. Back then, I only had seventy pounds to lose, but look at me now. Look at my life. I am miserable, and I would do anything to be able to keep my leg.”
Open your eyes. It’s not 2025. God has given you another chance and landed you back in 2015! You still have your leg! You still have a chance to make things right and take better care of your health and your family.
Are you going to order that book now? When God has given you so many opportunities for health and happiness, what is holding you back? God has given you one life. It’s time to start being accountable for how you’re taking care of the vessel He has given you. Excuses today will not help you shape a healthy tomorrow.
While it is still today, it is not too late to tell your loved one that you’re sorry, that you love them, that you want to spend more time with them.
God has given you today, and there is so much you can do with it! What are you waiting for? Get out there and live. Make the most of the day that God has given you, and don’t forget to thank Him for it!
Stats for 8/9/15
Exercise: 2.078 miles on the treadmill with hills (269 calories burned)
Blood sugar: to be filled in later
Breakfast (8:30) E: one piece of Ezekiel toast with Neuchâtel cheese and Polaner All-fruit and a Snickers Shake
Lunch (12:00) E: turkey sandwich on Ezekiel with tomato, lettuce, onion, one wedge Laughing Cow mozzarella (with sun-dried tomato and basil) cheese, and mustard, and crunchy, salted veggies on the side.
Afternoon snack (3:30) E: Gala apple and Mock Frosted Lemonade (I make mine with ten packets of Truvia. I just don’t care for this recipe as written. I also use a full scoop of protein powder, but I drink the big 32-ounce Nutribullet cup!)
Dinner (7:45) S: Easy Chicken Enchiladas by Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen.