Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days aright that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (NIV)
I received an e-mail this week that caused me to stop and ponder. It was a piece written by Erma Bombeck after she discovered she was dying of cancer. In my summation, the author said she wished she had not wasted time bellyaching over trivial grievances and annoyances but instead savored and celebrated life’s best moments. Every moment! I had read this exert from her writing before but it was good to read again. I’ve done my fair share of bellyaching lately. Every now and then I need a wake up call. I need to be reminded that life is short….savor and celebrate.
Soon after reading that e-mail, I received a call from a close relative who asked that I intervene in a dispute about another dispute.(I know,what?) Even though it was my joy to do so, I again thought of how we take every breath we breathe for granted. Wouldn’t the dispute be pointless and the grudge not worth holding if one of the parties in question were gone tomorrow? How trivial would this argument then seem?
Realistically, we have no guarantee of tomorrow. You may think that I’m being morbid but it’s the plain truth. Remember the saying, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is the present”. Today is indeed the present…a gift. Make the most of it……stop the bellyaching and the start the celebrating.
I’ve been to so many funerals where beautiful eulogies were given. All the wonderful things the person had ever done and said were mentioned. My first thought is what a shame the deceased was not there to hear it! Did anybody bother to tell them these things when they were alive? Why must we wait until someone is dead to celebrate him or her? I suppose it’s nice for the family to hear the eulogy but how much nicer would it have been to hear these testaments when they could have shared it with their loved one? Life is short …savor each moment and celebrate someone today.
I love the words sung in the background of the song, I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack. “Time is a wheel in constant motion rolling us a long. Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone.” Today is Mother’s Day and as I sit here and look back, I feel as if I’ve rushed through those childhood years with my children. Those years seemed so difficult at the time. I wanted my kids to hurry up and grow up to this age and then to that age. I was always ready for them to go on to the next stage. Now my boys are all grown up. Yes, and I wonder where those years have gone? When your children are driving you up a wall, and you feel like pulling your hair out…. slow down, take a deep breath, put it in neutral and savor every second. Life is short… stop your bellyaching and start your celebrating.
I want to thank my friend Mindy whose e-mail reminded me to number my days aright by not only celebrating smiles and hugs, friends and laughs, good food, holidays, vacations, and family but also tears and tantrums, laundry, dirty dishes, colds, arguments, stingray stings, (most recently), and every new challenge life brings my way. My prayer is that I will love willingly, give freely, and forgive quickly that I may gain a heart of wisdom. God doesn’t waste a moment. Why should I? Life is short….savor each moment and celebrate it.
Though your days on earth are short and sweet,
let your joy abound to all you meet.