I recently learned that a friend of mine passed on. The news stopped me in my track as memories of this gentle soul flooded through my mind. I felt a sense of loss and sadness in that instance. Within few seconds of hearing the news, none of my big plans and important tasks mattered. All I could think about was a dear soul that would no longer walk the surface of this earth again…so sad.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the drama of living and the crazy drive to achieve some great feat that we often forget a simple truth. The sum of a man’s life is not in how he was born or how he died but in the moments in-between. I don’t know about you but I know that sometimes I am so focused on what I’m trying to accomplish that I forget to stop and enjoy the little detours that life brings my way. An unpleasant circumstance you have to go through may be more than just an inconvenience, it may be a great opportunity to bless the soul of another.
However, if we lose sight of the fact that every moment in our life counts, we will misuse a simple opportunity to make a lasting memory. Every air you draw in is a gift, so treat it as one. Every minute you spend on earth is a blessing, treasure it. Invest it in time with people you love, enjoy it by doing something that matters to you, prolong it by slowing down and taking in the moments.
All you have is now and that’s all you can influence. It’s the summation of the actions you take in your ‘now’ that make up the story of your life when you pass on. What will you do differently now to ensure you live your life to the fullest that God designed for you to live? What life changes will you make today?
"Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom."
Psalm 90:12 (NLT)