You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

December proved to be a month of illness for the Weeks household. I’ve been sick since Dec 10th, Kev got on board a few weeks later, and now both boys have drippy noses and a cough. To date Kate seems to be the only healthy one. Maybe she’s the carrier…

This ongoing cold/sinus infection/fever/flu got me thinking about all the things we don’t appreciate until they are gone, like our health. I never really appreciated breathing through my nose until I went three weeks suffering with complete blockage.

What are some other things we don’t appreciate while they are here? For some, it might be family members. It’s very easy to take family for granted when they are nearby.

How about love? Sometimes we take our spouse or kids for granted assuming they will always be here.

On a lighter note, how about weight? I remember when I was in my twenties busting my hump in a fitness class horrified I broke the 110 pound marker. I thought 110 pounds was FAT. I never appreciated that body and now it’s gone (sigh).

On the spiritual side many of us take our Bible(s) for granted. How many bibles are in your home? We have at least seven to ten all different translations or geared toward different ages. The next logical question is: How many of those bibles are read daily?

Do we take God’s mercy for granted assuming it will always be available? There will come a day when the opportunity for humans to respond to God’s love will be over yet we live and act like we have endless tomorrows to take care of business.

One of my favorite quotes is, “Imagine how happy you’d be if you lost everything you have right now – then got it back again.”

Make 2011 the year of no regrets. Appreciate your health, take nothing for granted, love your family, read your Bible and respond to God’s call on your life.  Tomorrow holds no guarantees.

2 thoughts on “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

  1. Laura says:

    Isn’t it good to get a reminder every once in awhile (but not too often), that our current state of health is a gift to be cherished?
    I work in a hospital, and there have been a few humbling times where I have been having a down day, feeling discontent with my life, and then I have an interaction with one of my patients, who has legitimate reason to feel down due to thier illness, and I realize just how blessed I am.
    The bad times make us painfully aware of just how good the “good times” are.
    Since I started working in healthcare, I thank God every day for my health and body!
    Glad you’re feeling better Stacey. And glad that yoo were able to learn something positive from your “bad time”.


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