Moments Not To Be Taken For Granted

Journey of the Heart—Thoughts of Faith

II Samuel 23:4

He is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth.

In the daily grind of our hectic schedules, how often do we take entire days and weeks and years for granted?

Is the hilarious or the sublime passing you by because you’ve already moved on to the next item on your checklist?

I challenge you as I challenge myself to live fully in each the moments God grants you today. Moments that—if you would but pause and savor them—would take your breath away and nourish your soul.

How’s that going to happen? Here’s my plan—bless my heart—we Type A’s always have a plan—

  1. I’m going to stop rushing around like a headless chicken through my day.
  2. I’m going to try to capture more of these moments by opening my mind and eyes to the beauty of God’s creation—that includes relationships I often take for granted, too.
  3. I’m going to breathe. Deeply.
  4. I’m going to thank God for the moment and the thing or person.
  5. I’m going to record the moment with a snapshot of my heart so that when I’m having a bad day—a day I’m sure the whole world will discover what a truly incompetent failure I really am—I can take out these pictures in my heart. And looking through them, I hope to remember that special someone who loves me and/or the beautiful gift of that moment my Father gave me to remember how much He loves me.

Here are some of my Moments Not To Be Taken For Granted over the course of this summer:

  • The gossamer golden and black wings of a butterfly landing on a lavender butterfly bush
  • The red, gold, blue and purple streaks of a sunset that remind me to look up and long for the soon coming kingdom
  • Diamond-studded beads of dew on a green leaf
  • Eyes that light up just for me when I enter a room
  • A child’s voice calling “Mama”— another name I am proud to call my own

What would your list look like?  You may not pass this way again. And such moments by their very nature cannot usually be recaptured.  Learn to see the eternal in the mundane. Learn to see the hand of your God in every moment of life. Don’t just seize the day. Seize the moment. Don’t let the gifts of the Father pass you by. Live grateful. Live fully and live free. And rejoice.

Psalm 72:6

He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth.


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