Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Sum of Life~

I flip the calendar page from April to May.

It takes less than a second.

Tomorrow, we step out into a brand new month and  I can't help but wonder.
Where have those before it gone?
And when?
When did they go?

Wasn't it just yesterday that my sweetheart and I were trying to keep our eyelids open until midnight so we could welcome in 2013 with a kiss?

Wasn't it just a day or two ago when we sat at our favorite table at our favorite restaurant enjoying a Valentine's dinner complete with a basket of heart shaped sopapillas? 

Wasn't it just a moment ago when tulips peeked through the grass and our long lost friends, Mr. and Mrs. Robin, surprised us one evening?

January 2013 Calendar Nikko Japan
{Photo Credit}
Wasn't it only yesterday that it was today?

Four months of this year have already slipped by.  One-third of 2013 is already history.
Time is marching on and it doesn't look as though
it is concerned with whether or not anyone else is
joining in on the march.

It's a funny thing about time.

We can spend it anyway we want,
but we can only spend it once.

And yet, how frivolously I let the hours of my days, months, years and life trickle right though my hand. 

I don't know the answer. 

I don't know how to grab a hold of life and live it to the fullest every single moment of every single day. 

I don't know how to make the days on my calendar transform from blank boxes to completely used up and wrung dry moments of life.

But, tomorrow, it's a brand new month.
Tomorrow, it's a brand new day.
Tomorrow, it's a brand new moment.

Maybe the answer isn't found in the brand new... maybe, it is found in now.

Maybe the key to living my life is found in the living of my life -
moment by moment, day by day, right now.

Maybe life is
a kiss at midnight,
the sweetness of a honey-dipped sopapilla,
the beauty of a tulip and the chirp of a robin.

Maybe I have packed more living into my life than I realize.

Maybe this is the sum of life....

Seize life! Eat bread with gusto,
Drink wine with a robust heart.
Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure!
Dress festively every morning.
Don't skimp on colors and scarves.
Relish life with the spouse you love
Each and every day of your precarious life.
Each day is God's gift. It's all you get in exchange
For the hard work of staying alive.
Make the most of each one!
Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily!
This is your last and only chance at it,
For there's neither work to do nor thoughts to think
In the company of the dead, where you're most certainly headed.

~ Ecclesiastes 9:7-10, (MSG)
But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do,
what God is looking for in men and women.
It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don't take yourself too seriously—
take God seriously. 

Micah 6:8, (MSG)

I flip the calendar page from April to May.

It takes less than a second.

But maybe,
just maybe,
the memories of today,
will last an entire lifetime~

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  1. It's a funny thing about time.

    We can spend it anyway we want,
    but we can only spend it once.

    love this thought~
    I am with you about what we have packed into life... it all counts and it is all such blessing to be recalled from time to time.
    It is often the remembering that wells up strength to carry on on a hard day. I love the 'now' the moment by moment gifts from our Father's hand to us and the opportunity to be there for others!
    Life, the flip of a calendar... such a marvelous gift!

  2. "Maybe I have packed more living into my life than I have realized." I like this line. You know, sometimes I think we get so caught up in making plans to fill up the empty squares on our calendars that we forget to really live in the moment and embrace each day God has given us. I think if we invite God into each of our days, then no matter what the activity (or lack of activity) we're truly living. Thanks for this post!


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