When did Israel express appreciation for Moses? When he died (Deuteronomy 34:7-8). Not much appreciation was expressed before then, and when they did recognize how great a man he was, it was bit too late to do him any good.
Next, think of Absalom. I realize that Absalom was in many ways a wicked man, but let’s ask the question, when did David show his love and concern for Absalom? Wasn’t it when he died (2 Samuel 18:32-33) and not while he lived (2 Samuel 14:24, 28). How sad!
Think of the many great men and women of the Faith. The faithful member is often taken for granted until gone. The faithful preacher, teacher, or elder may never receive accolades until gone, and then he is spoken of with fondness.
Even our family members at times, we do not thank for the various things they do until gone – and then we eulogize them. And we think of what we should have said while they were living, how we should have told them that we appreciate them.
Brethren, let us realize that we each may not be with each other tomorrow (James 4:14). Let us show our appreciation and love toward another in this life (Philippians 2:29-30; 1 Thessalonians 5:13; 1 Timothy 5:17; 1 Peter 2:17). Let us take nothing for granted, but let us show our appreciation, and thankfulness (Luke 17:17). Such could be a great encouragement for them to keep on!