Consider for a Moment
Brothers & Sisters,
I would like to think that as we progress in life and enter the later stages of it, we begin to look back on how we lived our lives. Whether you want to admit it or not I would also venture to guess that we think of how we are going to be remembered. It is hard not to. I do not believe you can think of your past without considering how it is going to affect the future, even a future that does not include you within it.
Why then are some people ok with leaving issues unresolved? It is never too late to attempt to repair a broken relationship or to give someone a second chance. It strikes me as an odd thing when someone would rather be seen as a bitter human being, than one that was able to look at their life through the lens of humility, admit that they were wrong, and seek the loving embrace of those they might have wronged.
The idea that you do not care what others might think about you is a fallacy. It also does not give you a free pass to treat others terribly. We should take heart the words of Luke 6:31: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." If we live by these words, we will never find ourselves at fault with those around us. In fact, it will be quite the opposite. Humans have quite the capacity for forgiveness. It takes humility and sometimes a bit of courage to start a conversation, admit what you did was wrong and apologize.
And at the end of your days when your life flashes before your eyes as you draw your last breath, you can pass on knowing that you did the best you could do with the time you had.