God, family and friends are the most important things in life.
Or they should be and in that order.
We should never get too busy -- no matter what -- to forget about God, family or friends.
And we should never take any of them for granted.
All of us should converse with one another as often as possible. After all, we have all kinds of ways of communicating these days.
We never need to make excuses about why we didn't call a relative or a friend.
And we need to remember to return phone calls as promptly as possible when we hear from one of those people in our lives.
So often, it's easy to make excuses about why we didn't return a phone call to a relative or a friend.
Unfortunately, it happened to me recently.
A longtime school friend of mine, Wallace "Bo Bo" Massey telephoned the newspaper office to talk with me a few weeks ago. The message I received did not mention what he wanted. But obviously, Bo Bo wanted to talk with me about something on his mind.
He left a cell number for me to return his call.
It was something I neglected to do. I put other things above returning my friend's phone call.
The next thing I heard was that Bo Bo had died from cancer.
I couldn't believe it then and still can't. I feel terrible because I never returned his phone call.
I have shed many tears since my longtime friend's death. And I don't like myself for the totally selfish decision I made to just put Bo Bo's call on the back shelf.
I never knew that my friend was so ill, or that the cancer he had would take his life. I wish I could do it all over again. But I can't.
Sometimes we don't get second chances. We only get that one chance to make it right. Such was certainly true in this case. I didn't do what I should have done. And I'm very ashamed of myself.
I thought better of me than to do a friend that way.
I hope God will forgive me for letting my friend down.
I hope and pray I never make that mistake again in my life.
I urge any of you reading this to take heed: Don't let this happen to you!
Return calls to your moms and dads, sisters and brothers, grandparents and friends.
For none of us are promised tomorrow. Remember, too, let's pray and love one another. It's what God wants us to do.
This Christmas season reminds us of that more than any other time of the year.