Are you ready for a crazy story? I have heard of stories like this before, but this one is over the top. A few weeks ago, a man in Belgium faked his own death. The mourners gathered in the cemetery to say their goodbyes and while waiting for things to begin a helicopter appeared and landed nearby. Out stepped the dead man. To say everyone was shocked would be an understatement. He says he pulled the prank to teach everyone about the importance of keeping in touch. He wanted to find out who really cared about him. So, it was a kind of test. By the way, it was all filmed for his TikTok channel. Anything for ratings, I guess.

I don’t know how the family is reacting, but if it were me, I wouldn’t talk to him anytime soon. Inflicting that kind of emotional trauma on loved ones isn’t caring or thoughtful behaviour. Even if he has a good point.

And there is a good point. Today is the best time to reach out and let someone know that you care for them. I have conducted many funerals over the years. People say wonderful things about the dead. I wonder if the deceased knew what others thought or how valued they were. Better to let people know when they are living than when it’s too late.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11) Is there someone you can reach out to today? Can you let them know how much you care for them? How important they are in your life? Why not today?