Only One Life

ImageOnly one life soon will be past; only what’s done for Christ will last! There is no time like the present. Exactly what does that mean? Watching old home movies, I see a young mother opening gifts with her 9-month-old baby daughter. Watching young men fake fighting for the camera and doing all kinds of stunts that people only do when a 8mm camera, no sound, is running. I see tree lined streets, azaleas and dogwood trees in full bloom, so much footage spent on those Spring scenes. Beloved pets frolicking that are long gone and your parents, once so strong and vital walking without the aid of a helping hand….memories…you are looking at them and for a moment in time you are there. Your grandparents and other family members that have gone to heaven all smiling and talking and waving to the camera seem to be saying “Remember us this way, you will see us again one day.”  I can hit rewind over and over again, I can watch myself blow out 27 candles on my birthday cake and I remember so well the lady who made it for me…but I cannot go back to that time, what’s done is done. I just want to live every day from this day forward as if I were in front of that old 8mm camera and making memories that I want my posterity to remember and make smile and be proud that they had a mother, grandmother or auntie like me. Today IS that rewind day and I want to make the best of it. Maybe there is something that you would like to do today that will make one of those landmark memory days!  I would like to be a stabilizing force in the life of those that I know; I guess that means I want to be like Jesus… Hebrews 13:7-8 (The Message) Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself. On my mother’s birthday I took movies and pictures of her around the table, talking about the miraculous and romantic way she met and married my dad, blowing out her candles. I don’t want to sound dramatic, and any of us could die at any time, but when your mother is turning 89, you think about the inevitable. It wasn’t many days after that my dad had his 95th birthday and we celebrated him big! His Wednesday night Bible class brought cards and balloons and so much love, I felt in my heart it would be his last and I wanted to remember every detail of the day and the celebration. One thing I know for sure is that no matter how old we get or how long time lasts, Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever! No need for a re-wind button there! Live each day as if it were your last and do everything for those you love as if you will never see them again for one day it will be true. I can tell you personally that there are things I wish I could do over but I have no regrets about things I left undone, as a daughter and as a servant unto a prophet of the Most High God.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life, live it well!

One Reply to “Only One Life”

  1. This is so beautiful the words of wisdom you’ve said today! We work so hard and sometimes don’t stop to remember the why. Your instructions to us today is the big WHY. Thank you for the remberance as to what and why of our lives are for during our time in our individual families and loved ones, but also for our church family of which we are a part!


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