Nadine and I had a special week this past week. It started about two months ago when we got a call from one of her 4 other sisters. Irene got on the phone and indicated to Nadine that Al, the daughters’ father, was celebrating his 80th birthday and she wanted to surprise him by taking he and Maxine, his wife, back to his roots in New Mexico. She wanted to know if Nadine and I would be willing to drive to Taos, NM to surprise him for his birthday.
When Nadine asked me about it, I didn’t hesitate by saying, “By all means, we need to go back.” Let me digress for a minute. I have regretted one thing in the past. It was declining an invitation to go to a close friends daughters wedding. It was early in my marriage and we didn’t have two nickels to rub together at the time and so we declined. It was one of the worst decisions I have ever made. Even now as I think of the event, I regret my decision. I determined that I would never put relationship events as a lower priority and I have sought over the years to live by the learning I got from that experience.
Well this last week, the happening occurred and it was glorious. Al was told that none of his daughters could make it for party. He was disheartened to hear that none of them would be coming, but he was thankful that one of his daughters was there and would make the best of it. We rang the doorbell and to his shock and surprise, he with tears in his eyes hugged his Nadine or “COOKIE”, his middle daughter. Two other sisters came later to his amazement and surprise and we had a glorious time.
Someone asked one of the richest men in the world if he could have anything in the world and he replied, “One more dollar!” He didn’t get the concept that richness comes in the form of relationships.
Jesus was asked to choose the greatest commandment to follow and he replied by saying, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Luke 10:27. He defined that greatest value as coming from relationships. Our relationship with God. Our relationship with others. Our relationship with ourself. That was the most important place we could put our energy on this earth.
On this journey there are going to be plenty of things that grab our attention and take our eyes off the most important values in life. Don’t live with regret but choose to connect with those you love.