Life is too short to be small. Benjamin Disraeli
As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do. Zachary Scott
In the big scheme of things, we have a small and limited time to experience this thing called Life. Our time on earth is only a speck when measured against recorded history. We do not know where we came from, why we are here or anything about the next leg of our journey. By the time we get wise enough to realize how precious time really is; we are on the downhill side of life. Our precious time is more valuable than gold or diamonds.
When it comes to utilizing and appreciating time, we fall into one of three categories. There are those who are shy, inhibited, and afraid. They hide from life, seclude themselves as much as possible and try to avoid challenges and confrontations. They are fearful and ill prepared to experience and learn from their trials and tribulations. We might consider them victims. There are those who are not really hiding, not necessarily looking or trying to extract the most from their lives. When life comes their way, they embrace; experience and passively learn whatever it teaches them. These we might consider passengers; they can take it or leave it.
Then there are those who can be called adventurers, explorers and captains of their own ships. They do not hold back and wait for life to come to them; they take the bull by the horns and want to live every moment to the fullest. They are dynamic and proactive. Their time is absolutely precious. Which of these best describes us?
When we die, we do not get to take anything physical or material with us. Signs of wealth or prosperity, things, gadgets; none of our toys or things: all our crutches and security blankets are all left behind. We do not get to take anything to the next leg of our journey, except maybe the wisdom, experiences and memories we have accumulated; things we might say that are ingrained and are integrated into our very soul.
Many have said it is not what we accumulate that counts; it is what we do and the differences we make that counts. It is the people we meet and help and the experiences we have and what we become. It is none of the things we must leave behind. The only things we take with us is that which we have become while we were here.
Challenge: Is your life living up to or meeting your expectations? Your answer is an indication of where you are. If you have low expectations, you are probably too passive. If your feel every day is an adventure and look forward to seeing what is around the next bend, you are proactively pursuing life. The old adage that today is the first day of the rest of your life says something. Take charge and increasingly make life what you want it to be.
Wisdom: And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln
Be strong and take heart, all you hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24
We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. Proverbs 29:25
Those believing this life is a preparation for yet another life, have an appreciation for such questions as where do we come from, why are we here, and what happens after death? Many feel a need to leave what they consider a legacy. It is things we leave behind or the differences we make that become our legacy? It is the good we do for others and what we become that really counts. God wants us to be a good steward of our life’s opportunities.
Prayer: Help me to use the talents and abilities You have given me and to be a good steward of them.