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The Last Word by Tom Sember



           I love social media, Facebook messaging, texting, emailing, phone calls and even face to face conversations, but have you ever noticed that some people just need to have the last word?


          No matter what the topic is, certain people need to have the last word. You can almost count on them to send that last text, making sure that they have the last word.  They always have that awkward moment after you have said good bye on the phone and they come back with that last bye.  Some of us do it without really knowing that we are, we just want to make sure the person we are communicating gets the message…so we make sure it’s the last word.


          They say that what a man speaks from his death bed comes directly from his heart. There are no other things crossing his mind other than what he feels in his heart: "I wish I lived better, I wish I would have forgiven that person, I wish I had one more chance to make it right."


          Recently, my mom passed away after a short illness, and I began to think about my last words to her and hers to me. I was fortunate to tell her I loved her, and she did the same to me.  But what if our last words were ones spoken in anger?  Or some comment that hurt those we are talking with, and those were our last words ever spoken to them? 


           It makes you think about our last conversations with people. We never think that when we end a conversation, it could be the last time we speak to them, or, for that matter, our last interaction with them. 


          A friend of mine, who I thought I knew very well, had a secret addiction to pornography. What he didn’t know was that his last interaction with his son would be forever tainted by that addiction. You see, while watching porn on his computer, he had a heart attack and died. His 14 year old son found his slumped body in his office, and there on the computer was porn.  What a lasting impression upon his son and those who thought they knew him.


          We never know when our time on this earth is done, so let’s be careful in how we speak to one another and learn some advice from Christ as He hung on the cross.   Some of His last words can teach us about how we are living:


          “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34).


           Living with an attitude of forgiveness can help our last words be those spoken in love rather than hatred. They can be words that will leave the conversation in a positive light.


          Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commend My spirit.” Luke 23:46. 


          Even though these were Jesus’ last words, they can be our first words. Can you imagine starting our day with Father into your hands I commend my spirit, and meaning it – to be led by the Holy Spirit each step of our day?


          So let’s be aware of our last words spoken, texted, and messaged; after all, they really just might be our last words.

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