Have you ever had one of those days where you just stop and reflect on your life and think, “How did it all go by so fast?”
Yes, some days were much tougher and longer than others.
And after thinking of how far you’ve come, who you used to be a year ago, three years ago, five years ago–it seems like a lifetime has passed in the blink of an eye.
But this is the reality of it: The clock hand of our lives turns much faster than we think and most importantly, it can not go back.
That’s the reason time is such a precious gift: It is both undeserved and not guaranteed. Each day we are given is another set of 24 hours in which we get to live out of the fact that we are loved by the author of time Himself.
So I guess my thought is this: While it is never too late to start living, I want to start now.
While a relationship with Jesus is always available, I want to be intentional with my time with Him today.
While my dreams will come to fruition in His timing, I can start praying and seeking His plan for me in the here and now.
While I do not want to live out of fear of death, I do want to operate out of awareness of the briefness in which we are here.
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.” –Psalm 103: 13-16
Our life is like grass, withering in the wind one day and blown away the next. That does not mean we should live in fear, as where we go once we leave here is one thousand times better. However, it does mean that we must treat everyday with a sense of urgency.
A sense of urgency to share the gospel, follow our dreams, let go of bitterness, take risks, tell people you love them, be confident in who you were created to be, laugh at the critics and eat the cake.
Y’all, we simply do not have time to let worry consume our lives or insecurity determine the direction we take.
What do you want to look back at your life in five years and say about what you are doing NOW?
Do something your future self would thank you for because your “future self” will be here before you know it.
I think Jesus desperately reminds us of the briefness of life, not so that we may be fearful of death or sad or worried, but rather so that we would focus on the One who created life. Who returns you to dust? Let Him be the one who determines what you do today, tomorrow and the next. That is an assured way to guarantee that your time isn’t wasted.
And as far as your problems, your fears, the difficult circumstances in your life— let this be a reminder that the mountains are smaller than they seem to be and like always, this too shall pass.
Live it up today!!! Not YOLO, but rather YOKT. You Only Know Today.
Stay within the means of it, extend your hands to those who need help, relinquish your worries to your Heavenly Father, love BIG and WIDE and be thankful for another one.
And like I said before, eat the cake.
Sometimes, the sugar rush is totally necessary.
Live in the certainty of today with the wisdom that tomorrow is not guaranteed.
“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.” –James 4:14