Editorial: Don’t take life for granted

Tragedy is no stranger to our world. Trains derail, bombs explode and the AIDS epidemic claims thousands of lives each day.

But some tragedies hit closer to home than others. Just last weekend Olivet lost a beloved nursing professor, and last fall, a nursing student also passed away.

Although it is important to remember and celebrate the legacy of the ones who have passed, it is equally important to focus on celebrating the lives of those who are still with us.

Life is a precious gift that many too often take for granted.

When talking about the “precious gift” of life, people often default to focusing on the lives of unborn children. This is definitely an important part of cherishing human life, however, there are other members of society that are often overlooked.

What about those that are hurting? Depressed? Ignored?

About one in 10 adults ages 18 to 24 suffers from depression, according to a 2008 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Depression carries a high risk of suicide. Approximately 91 suicides occur in the United States each day, according to WebMD. Those who suffer from depression often feel worthless, hopeless or alone.

But what if someone had taken the time to reach out to that person and be a friend? What difference might that have made in his or her life?

Genesis 1:27 says that “God created mankind in his own image.” Since all people are made in God’s image, we each deserve equal treatment. Humans are God’s most precious creations, and each person should feel that he or she is valued.

You may appreciate the people in your life, but do they know it? Have you told them how much they mean to you?

When tragedy occurs, we realize just how fleeting life is. You never know when a moment you have with someone will be your last.

Take advantage of each moment. Hug a hurting friend. Tell your family members you love them as often as you can. Smile at the next person you pass in the quad, even if you don’t know them. You never know what kind of an impact you might have.

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