Thursday, August 19, 2010

I Wonder

I read the following quote by Kyle Lake today on Beth Moore's blog and it grabbed hold of something in me so much that I couldn't keep it to myself. It's just right!!

“Live. And Live Well. BREATHE. Breathe in and Breathe deeply. Be PRESENT. Do not be past. Do not be future. Be now. On a crystal clear, breezy 70 degree day, roll down the windows and FEEL the wind against your skin. Feel the warmth of the sun. If you run, then allow those first few breaths on a cool Autumn day to FREEZE your lungs and do not just be alarmed, be ALIVE. Get knee-deep in a novel and LOSE track of time. If you bike, pedal HARD… and if you crash then crash well. Feel the SATISFACTION of a job well done—a paper well-written, a project thoroughly completed, a play well-performed. If you must wipe the snot from your 3-year old’s nose, don’t be disgusted if the Kleenex didn’t catch it all… because soon he’ll be wiping his own. If you’ve recently experienced loss, then GRIEVE. And grieve well. At the table with friends and family, LAUGH. If you’re eating and laughing at the same time, then might as well laugh until you puke. And if you eat, then SMELL. The aromas are not impediments to your day. Steak on the grill, coffee beans freshly ground, cookies in the oven. And TASTE. Taste every ounce of flavor. Taste every ounce of friendship. Taste every ounce of Life. Because-it-is-most-definitely-a-Gift.” – Kyle Lake

You know, it's amazing sometimes how we take the very gift of life, given us from God, for granted. We grumble and complain, compromise, criticize, etc., etc., and most of all forget to live it for Him.

I wonder sometimes - isn't part of living it for Him enjoying and rejoicing in the things He's given us, the people He's knitted with us, and the places He has us?

Even when:

• The A/C breaks

• The words hurt

• We sit alone

Even when:

• We don’t have the money

• It’s hard to forgive

• We don’t understand

Why can’t we, even in the midst of those things, look for Him in every minute? (He promises He’s always there) And isn’t it correct that in Him is fullness of joy? So putting those two things together, shouldn’t we be able to find reason to seek, to praise, to be PRESENT in every moment. When I look for Him I will find Him and in His presence is fullness of joy.

I wonder if what’s really happened is that somewhere along the way we’ve begun to take ourselves way too seriously and have forgotten that life is to be lived, that it’s ok to get the giggles for no reason, that silliness lightens burdens, that true friends and family are a treasure, that sometimes the dishes can wait. I wonder if we’ve forgotten that Jesus tells us to come to Him as little children. I wonder what amazing things would happen if we chose to BE PRESENT in every moment, to look for joy in every moment, to live full lives- full in the fullness of God.

I wonder……….

Just some food for thought. I would love to hear your comments.

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” – John 10:10 AMP



Nancy H. said...

Thanks for sharing that wonderful little read from Kyle! I'm going to print it and keep it close by! Love you girlie!

Stephanie Bailey said...

I really needed to hear this today!I have been on a new journey to find my new self as a person living for God, learning to see and to enjoy the blessings God gives me every day, and always being thankful to Him for those blessings!Thanks Manthie for sharing!Love you

Deb said...

Live every moment for Him and in Him.

Umm, I'm liking that.

Sweet dreams.