Life Moves Fast
We live our life day by day caught up in the whirlwind of busyness & all of a sudden find ourselves quickly at the end of it. As a result, we have no idea how it came so fast. So many memories will flood through our minds, some opportunities missed & some regrets, hopefully more thankful moments than regrets, & filled with the knowledge we’re about to say goodbye to all our loved ones & friends. This was the case for my father-in-law Mark Mays this past week as he experienced this exact scenario. He was only 65 years old and will forever be remembered as Jedo (Serbian for grandpap) by his grandkids. We all loved him & he will be missed until we see him again someday soon.
“How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” -James 4:14 NLT
Life moves fast. When you’re a kid it tends to move slower. For me, as an example, I was born with “senior-itis”. I couldn’t wait to graduate & get on with my life. To experience the real world & all the opportunities that were awaiting me was what I desired! Looking back on graduation I think to myself, “where has all the time gone?” It goes by so quickly.
Moments of saying goodbye to loved ones have a way of making us take inventory of life & ask ourselves questions like, “Am I doing everything I should be? Am I really fulfilled in what I am doing? Should I make a change? Am I caring for others the way I should or am I too distracted?” One of the greatest blessings that can come out of the loss of someone close to us passing is the moments of clarity they provide to think deeply about our lives. Is my life everything I hoped it would be & will I finish my race well? Now is the perfect opportunity to ask yourself these questions.
There is a to-do list piling up beside me. Instead of indulging, I am taking a moment to breathe, reflect, meditate, & pray. I suggest you take the same time out of your busy hectic day. Not just now, but on a regular basis. Make this part of your ongoing routine in life whether it be daily, weekly, or monthly. Once you reach that moment of clarity & peace, begin to ask yourself another question, “Do I need to do anything differently?” Be honest with yourself.
I don’t want to have any regrets at the end of my life. Loving well, investing in my family & others deeply, taking the risks of pursuing my/our dreams, building God’s kingdom, & doing everything I’ve been given to do with excellence are my greatest goals. I’m not guaranteed tomorrow & consequently I want to ensure that every day is met with the same level of excellence and intensity in this pursuit & gift of life. I want my life to count so one day when it’s my turn & I stand before my Father in heaven that I hear Him say, “Well done thy good and faithful servant!”
At the end (which is truly just the beginning), may we be able to say,
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
-II Timothy 4:7 NKJV
This very day, not someday, I want to challenge you. Don’t let your life pass you by…