Saturday, August 26, 2006

Live Every Moment - Seize the Day

While I was away visiting Rae in Athens today, I received a phone call from my roommate, Cynthia. Through her hysterical sobs, I finally deciphered that she had lost someone dear to her today. One of her friends at work was killed in a car accident last night. I know no details, only that in an instant, lives where ended and others changed. That quickly...everything changed.

It reminds me that life here is short. We are but grass that is here today and gone tomorrow. And that is exciting...because I know that Jesus has gone to prepare a place for me in Our Father's House! But, it also reminds me that my time here is short and I need to make the most of it. I need to seize each day and live each moment. Stop being afraid. Stop being passive. Love those I love with a fierceness that shows them the truth. Forgive those who've hurt me and move past it. Seek reconciliation in relationships that are broken. This life is short. But, eternity waits.

It reminded me of a song by Carolyn Arrends that resonates deep within me.

I know a girl who was schooled in Manhattan
She reads dusty books and learns phrases in Latin
She is an author, or maybe a poet
A genius but it's just this world doesn't know it
She works on her novel most everyday
If you laugh she will say

Seize the day
Seize whatever you can
'Cause life slips away just like hour glass sand
Seize the day
Pray for grace from God's hand
And nothin' will stand in your way
Seize the day

I know a doctor, a fine young physician
Left a six figure job for a mission position
He's healin' the sick in an African clinic
He works, in the daytime writes home to the cynics
He says we work through the night almost everyday
As we watch the sunrise we can say

Seize the day
Seize whatever you can
Life slips away just like hourglass sand
Seize the day
Pray for grace from God's hand
And nothin' will stand in your way
Seize the day

Now I'm singing my songs off of any old stage
You can laugh all you want I'll still say

Seize the day...



I don't want people to wonder about me when I'm gone. Did I love them? Had I forgiven them? Did I love the Lord? I want them to know. And, more importantly, I want Him to say...Well done, my good and faithful servant, enter into Your Father's rest.

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