Life is a gift. Each day is precious. We have all been born with talents and abilities and a purpose to serve. But life is also deceptively easy to squander. We waste a few minutes and then notice that days have slipped by. We count down the time to leave work at the end of a day and then watch our weekend blaze by. We say "yes" to a lot of things that aren't really aligned with our highest purposes in life and give away our time too cheaply.
We have clocks in our cars, on our hands, on our walls, and on our computers, but we always seem to be out of time. We rush and hurry and scurry about but never really seem to get much accomplished. We keep telling ourselves that we will slow things down, live our priorities, and make time for the important things as soon as . . . .
That phrase, "as soon as," has enabled the slaughter of thousands of precious hours of our lives. We use it to escape from the fact that we aren't really doing all our dreams and purpose require of us, but "as soon as" reassures us that we will "some day" and keeps us wasting time.
Then, at some imperceptible point along the way, "as soon as" becomes "if only I would have." We see more in our past than we do in our future. We begin feeling as if it's too late. We start thinking we've blown our chance to live the life we always felt, deep down inside, that we should, that we could, and that we would. But time doesn't stand still. It waits for no man. It rushes by us unmercifully. "Some day" never comes.
What makes you come alive? What do you feel deep inside that you can and should do with your time? What is your great purpose, aligned with your obvious abilities, that God has planted within you?
In the words of William Wallace in the movie Braveheart, "Every man dies, not every man really lives."
May that statement not be true of you.
May you live while you're alive!