Time is Fleeting

 
LET’S BE INTENTIONAL
As I write this it is day 44 of the new year, 2018. It is hard to even believe it is the year 2018! Are you old enough to remember when everyone was concerned about what would happen when the clock rolled over from 1999 to 2000? I do! People were worried all the computers would crash! Then what would we do? We had become so dependent on computers. Here we are, 18 years later and look where technology has taken us.
 
Speaking of technology, I have not been on social media much these past 44 days. I’ve had people say they haven’t seen me on any social media platforms. I did that on purpose. I wanted to do a reset, spend more time reading my Bible and hearing what the Lord has to say to me for this coming year. I didn’t want to be distracted by the latest blog post, instagram or Pinterest post.
 
For now, here are some thoughts I have had while pondering this new year.
 

One thing I realized very quickly is how fast January went by! Time is so fleeting.  I think the older I get, the faster it goes. January seems like it was a blur it went by so quick. It will be the 4th of July before we know it.

So here we are at day 44… how are you doing sticking to those New Year resolutions or the goals you set for yourself? Don’t get me wrong resolving to get in better shape, eat healthier, quit a habit that’s not good or whatever resolution we make can be good. Goal setting can help us navigate the days, weeks and months ahead. We can aim at where we want to be by setting short and long term goals.
 
We certainly have good intentions each January don’t we? I know I do. It’s that clean slate, new start ahead of us. Then something happens, we get off track a little and we tend to slip back to the old habits and what we know.  Life gets crazy busy and our good intentions slip on by like the seconds on the clock.
 

I am learning more to enjoy each day that we have, especially having gone through cancer recently.  I want to be able to live in the moment and see what each new day may bring. We do not have the guarantee of the next day.  I want to exercise and practice what Psalm 118:24 says… “this is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

The last week in January we had the opportunity to go see our daughter, son-in-law and two youngest granddaughters who now lives across the country. While we were there, we cherished every minute. We made more great memories.
 

Then we came home and last week our neighbor directly across the street from us that had been our neighbor for the past 38 years found out he had terminal cancer. He came home from the doctor’s office and went in his backyard and shot himself.  I was home at the time and was outside but never heard a thing. I came around to the front yard to see our street lined with sheriff cars, a rescue vehicle and a couple unmarked cars. This house had now become a crime scene investigation. The neighbors began to gather wondering what had happened. As we began to learn the details we were stunned, grieved and in disbelief.

The next day I was on my way to help our son and daughter-in-law when I received a call from my husband stating my sister-in-law had just had a heart attack and was on the way to the ER.

I share those stories to say that I want to live even more intentional this year. I don’t want something tragic to happen and say, “oh, I should have, could have, or would have done…” I also don’t want something mundane to pass by me, like giving an encouraging word to someone or be of help to another and  end up playing the same should’ve, could’ve, would’ve game.

I’m thankful that we had the relationship with our neighbor that we don’t feel like we left something undone at his untimely death. The Lord gave my husband and I the opportunity to comfort our neighbors and just be there for them.

My sister-in-law was able to get to the hospital and she is recovering. We are so grateful for that.

These were both unexpected events. We don’t know what each day will bring.

This year, I want to keep short accounts of wrong doings and to forgive quickly, to give that cashier who looks so sad a smile and encouraging word, to thank the server who is waiting on us, to see that weary momma with the toddler and baby crying in the store and tell her, “hey mom, your’e doin a great job.”
I want to see others as Jesus does with grace and mercy filled eyes.  I want to be quick to listen and slow to speak as James 1:19 says.

It’s not that I have any advice to give, Lord knows I have made plenty of mistakes and still do make mistakes daily. Some days I feel like I repent more than anything else! However, I am old enough to have gained some wisdom from the Lord. Some of that wisdom is to cherish the moments, to make memories, to appreciate those around us, to hold them dear to our heart. To know that each day we are given is a gift. There is always something to be grateful for. ALWAYS.

It’s kinda funny we all want to go to heaven, but not many of us are ready to die. Yet, we don’t act like we’re really living as God intended us to! So many opportunities pass us by. May I suggest we begin to make the choice to live each day fully. We can either waste it, invest it or give it away. I choose to live each day with intention, expecting the Lord to do great things in us and those around us.

Ken Davis wrote a book entitled, Fully Alive. It is a great read and I highly recommend it. Ken truly helps to put life in perspective by sharing with comedy and his own story of becoming fully alive.

We have 342 more days before this year comes to a close and  to live intentionally. Time is fleeting, lets not waste another day!

Today, I’m going to live intentionally and “fully alive” as Ken Davis says. How about you?