Many times we go through life as if it was a race and do not take the time
to enjoy right now. We should not waste the present time waiting for the
future to come to start enjoying and getting the most out of our life. The
Bible says we should not think about tomorrow because tomorrow will take
care of itself, but rather we should enjoy and appreciate our time
together today. (Matthew 6:31-34)
This is a very good writing that blessed me and thought you would enjoy
reading and meditating on this message as well. I hope you get as much
out of it as I did.
SEIZE THE MOMENT
I have a friend who lives by a three-word philosophy: "Seize the moment."
Just possibly, she may be the wisest woman on this planet. Too many people
put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought
about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or
are too rigid to depart from their routine.
I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed
up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then
on, I've tried to be a little more flexible. How many women out there will
eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until
after something had been thawed? Does the word "refrigeration" mean
nothing to you?
How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you
watched Jeopardy or something else on television?
I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, "How about going to
lunch in a half hour?" She would gasp and stammer, "I can't. I have clothes
on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late
breakfast, It looks like rain." And my personal favorite: "It's Monday".
She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.
Because people cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our
headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when
all the conditions are perfect: We'll go back and visit the grandparents
when we get Stevie toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the
living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more
kids out of college. Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The
days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One
morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of
"I'm going to," "I plan on" and "Someday when things are settled down a bit."
When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure
and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her
enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and
you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip
an elevator for a bungee cord.
My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's
just that I might as well apply it directly to my hips with a spatula and
eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and
bought a Triple-Decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I
would have died happy.
Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to...not something
on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one
phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And,
why are you waiting?
Here is a poem that goes along with this message:
Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the
rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight? Or
gazed at the sun into the fading night? You better slow down; Don't dance
so fast, Time is short, The music won't last.
Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask "How are you?" Do you
hear the reply? When the day is done, do you lie in your bed With the next
hundred chores running through your head? You'd better slow down; Don't
dance so fast, Time is short, The music won't last.
Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow' And in your haste, not see
his sorrow? Ever lost touch, let a good friendship die, because you didn't
call just to say "Hi"? You'd better slow down; Don't dance so fast, Time
is short, The music won't last.
When you run so fast to get somewhere, You miss half the fun of getting
there. When you worry and hurry through your day, It is like an unopened
Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
James 4:13-16 "Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such
and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit";
whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life?
It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or
that." But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil."
1 Peter 4:7-11 "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore
sober, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity
among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use
hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received
the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of
the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles
of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God
giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to
whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
Philippians 4:8-9 "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever
things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure,
whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there
is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these
things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me,
these do, and the God of peace will be with you."
All scriptures can be found in the New King James Version.
In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry