“Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God — what is good and what is pleasing to him and is perfect.’’ (Romans 12:2).

Some people who discover that their days are numbered here on earth often make radical changes in their lives.

They give up their vices and slow down the pace of their lives, spending time with loved ones, with God, and alone, reflecting on their lives.

They start sharing their possessions and taking everything in a proper place.

They start to rediscover simple pleasures in simple things and conversations, sharing old stories to others.

There is a change that comes from within that the person itself can’t understand.

There are some old sayings, ‘‘life is too short’’ and ‘‘time is running out’’.

When do you want to start with your life? Do you want to be happy?

Of course, God wants you to be happy.

You don’t need to be in a hurry; pause for a while, look in a mirror, dress yourself and make yourself beautiful again.

Don’t panic, sit down, close your eyes, be still and pray. The Lord is waiting for you.

You still have enough time. Start with yourself, and go back to the basic — your God.

His grace will work on you.

Grace is the power to change — not what we can do for ourselves but what God does for and through us.

Metamorphosis — the change from inside out — comes only by grace.

Don’t force yourself.

Let the grace of God work and live the remaining days gracefully.

Life is a constant change. Don’t expect people will change.

You have to begin the change.

~ Contributed by Fr Line Abilgos of St Michael’s Catholic Parish, on behalf of the Combined Churches of Deniliquin.