Monday, August 6, 2012

Did you live today?

Many of you know that we have recently purchased a house. This house was in such disrepair that it has taken a lot of our time and resources to make it into a home. We are on the last stretch. It may take a little longer but things are getting done, and most of the hard work is completed. That unfortunately has not left me with much free time. I have had many things laid on my heart during this time though. God has shown me so many different things that need to be refreshed or simplified. So I will do my best to follow through, as much as I can, and bring some of these to you, Lord willing.

Our family has experienced a death yet again. There is no amount of time that can prepare for the loss of a loved one. It never will be an easy thing to have to endure. No matter how you look at it, death is a fact of life and will consume us all one day. I have gone through the death of countless family and friends. Between my husband and me, we have had both young and old alike, leave this journey and venture into the next journey of eternity. With some, we had foresight that life would soon end. With others, we were in shock with the passing. They seemed filled with energy and then suddenly it was taken away from them. Death is a part of life yet we sometimes question and wonder why it happened. There was still so much life to live. They will miss out on so much. There are so many experiences that were not able to be explored. We begin to bemoan the life that will not get a chance to experience so many different things.

This got me thinking. Thinking about what if we began to notice what life has for us and what we can do BEFORE we lose it? We get so caught up on what a life missed out on or will never get the chance to do. What will people say about us when our life ends, and we begin our next journey? Will they see moments that we missed? What if we don’t miss anything? No matter what time in your life God calls you home. Are we missing out already on things in our life that we don’t notice? There are so many things that we don’t see or notice because we are so busy with life. What if we set the busy life aside for a little bit and focused on what we can do with our lives instead of what we can get out of it?

We were given a gift. Life is something that too many take for granted. We are not meant to live forever. Every day we wake up is a gift. We have never been promised tomorrow. You only have today. Do we know what tomorrow will bring? Not really. Our life could end tomorrow. What if we started to try to make each day count? What if we set goals for each day? These goals would be to cause a change in the world around you. The actions probably would change each day. What if we didn’t focus so much about us but instead, decided to think about someone else and how you can help? What do you think your life would look like if you did this?

“Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” ~ James 4:13-15

My challenge… begin to ask God what HE would want you to do with your day. Be purposeful about what you do each day. At the end of this life, there should not be any regrets or wishful thoughts. We live, we love, we forgive and never give up Cuz the days we are given are gifts from above And today we remember to live and to love.