Recently we were reminded again of the frailty of life. Elizabeth Austermann was riding her horse and was evidently thrown from it and died as a result. She was 13 years of age. As a community that shares a common bond, we grieve with Elizabeth’s family.
She was an energetic young lady with a zest for life and a belief in the God in heaven. Many people have fond memories of her and will always cherish the moments they were able to spend with her. Classmates will miss her and teachers at school will as well. Her family will miss her most of all.
This tragic accident lets us know that life on this earth is short at its longest. We are here for a small amount of time and should make a difference in the lives of those around us. No one has a guarantee on how long we will live. The important issue for each of us is that we are prepared to meet our God. We get so caught up with life and doing things that we may forget the most important of all things; obeying God and serving Him all of our days. Jesus said it best when He said, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his own soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26) These two questions point out the important things of life for each of us. It is not this world, but what happens after we leave this world that is important.
Take the opportunity to tell those around you that you love them. Don’t forget to let them know how important they are in your life. We won’t have them here forever so cherish and honor them while you can.