Living in the Moment

I received an alert of a new post today from a blog that I read regularly.  The link for the blog is on my sidebar.  The title of the entry was "I Don’t Even Know What to Say About This".  The entry was a YouTube post of singer Steven Curtis Chapman washing dishes with his youngest, adopted daughter, who he just tragically lost in an accident at home when his son accidentally ran over her with an SUV.  It shows them washing dishes, him singing a silly song about dish washing, and her swimming…in other words, making every day memories and living in the moment.

I cannot begin to imagine the pain their family is feeling at this moment, and it touched my heart deeply to remind me that in light of the fragility of life, it is so important to be living in the moment, enjoying each day we have with the people that mean the most to us.  We’ve been confronted in the news by earthquakes and typhoons overseas, tornados and train wrecks here at home, and we are reminded that no one really wakes up expecting to lose a family member or friend by the end of the day.  It sadly is too often the case that they are there one moment and then gone the next.  Many Scriptures come to mind…the admonition of the apostle Paul to redeem the time (Eph 5:16), the reminder of Peter that all flesh is like grass (1 Peter 1:24), the two dozen or so references in Scripture to "one another" and their reminder to us how important connection and relationship are to our lives.

So, some of my thoughts are:

  • keep your accounts short with others.  Make sure you forgive easily and love liberally.
  • make sure you make each day special.  "This is the day the Lord has made, We will rejoice and be glad in it (Ps 118.24)".  You only get each day one, don’t squander it.
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