I came across the below video and thought it a good reminder. It is sobering to watch. But it is important to occasionally step into topics of mortality and eternity. To think for a moment about the gift of today. This day, June 27th, 2022, is a gift from God. Contemplate the below sentence with which I ended a speech at the recent Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference.
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The AC, well, it started leaking,
and it would not deign to stop,
and solutions we were seeking
never made it to the top
of the list of Remedy,
even though we worked together,
but at end ’twas plain to see,
’twas just the dratted humid weather.
And we might have left it there,
a weekend gone to carpet soaked,
but we chose to have a care,
that memory will be evoked
in future (and please drier) days
of laughter cloaked as thankful praise.
If I may add another thought…the necessities of this life may have us confined, but the most beautiful flowers grow in the cracks between the paving-stones.
Thoughts to ponder. What WILL we do with the time we have left?
Scary thought for everyone reaching retirement age. Does anyone think they will make it to 100? I do! My advice to anyone over 60 living without a computer: get one and take classes to learn how to navigate Windows 365. Thank God, I don’t personally know too many retirees sitting around waiting to die. Use your brain, challenge your intelligence, and then, at the end of the day, be proud you didn’t sit around all day feeling sorry for yourself. Stop playing the “If Only” game, get out of your recliner and start living the rest of your life! It’s never too late for anything, just begin doing that thing you wish you had done when you were 35. You’re smarter now, you know so much more about everything: Don’t take it with you, USE IT NOW!
Richard A Barnett
That was an amazing video. To take that video one step further, imagine you have an endless supply of jelly beans and you are trying to decide where you want to be all that time. Try to make everything in your life right.
Sharon K Connell
Good video. Live your life as if this was your last day. Plan your life as if it is never-ending. But most importantly, live your life for our Lord, so others can see Him through you. The rest will take care of itself.
Eat one jellybean at a time; more than one can make you sick. “Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:34).
Steve, when I opened your message, it was marked, “We think this might be spam.” Are jelly beans ot on the suspect list? I assured them it was safe, and had a good laugh.
Michael J Kalous
Thanks for the video, Steve. That is a lot of jelly beans!! But, as I think about it, not near enough… To be pressured or worried about what I will do with each day is not the same as living and enjoying each day as it comes. Sometimes it tastes like a Jelly Belly puke bean and sometimes it is a beautiful flavor like black licorice (my favorite). God wants us to accept and enjoy each day believing that all things will work out for good. We want it to be for our own good but sometimes it’s not about us at all. No worries; in Christ we have an eternal supply of each day. Praise God for His eternal goodness. Thanks again, Steve. I appreciate the heart of your work.
Great post. Thought-provoking. “Teach us to number our days.” What a visual for this verse. Psalm 90:12
Such empowering insight, Steve! Thanks for sharing.
We know our days are numbered, but it can be easy to forget about that reality as we rush from one to another. Thanks for the reminder for us as writers and as people living to make a difference for God.
Left with sobering thoughts. I believe, especially as a Christian, every life was meant to improve the quality of living here. We’ve only one life. Best to live it the most productive ways possible, worshipping God along the way.