I’m currently watching a movie about a young man that found out he had terminal/stage 4 cancer. In the movie he takes off on his motorcycle, on a journey of self discovery across his homeland of Canada, seeing things through new eyes. It’s the knowing that he is dying that causes him to really live…to truly see. To appreciate.
His perspective changed.
What would I do if I was told I only had a few months left to live? This question makes for a good movie plot, and allows for me to view some gorgeous scenery while watching this man’s trek across the country…..but, the truth is….
for all of us, it is the change of attitude that causes the change in action.
What are the things that are important to us? Are we thankful for what we have? Or do we take what we have for granted? Who do we thank for this day? This moment? This life?
Do you believe that your life is just a cosmic experiment, and therefore your life is not really important in the big scheme of things? That you are here and then you are gone? That death is final?
Or do you know that you were fearfully and wonderfully made, by God that loves you? He that knows every hair on your head? That understands your motives? That catches all your tears? That sees and knows your heart better than you know yourself?
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14 NIV
It depends on your perspective…in how you choose to live your life.
None of us is promised tomorrow. Oh, we like to think we have 80 or more years on this earth. That we will die peacefully in our sleep. That we have all the time in the world to….live.
The doctor gives the diagnosis. The other car crosses the center line. The heart stops. The brain ceases thinking. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The accident happens. Not waking up.
We are all terminal.
God tells us not to worry about tomorrow, not to live in fear, but to remember that our lives on this earth are like a vapor.
A mist. A swirling mist that is seen in the early morning, soon dissipating with the rising of the sun.
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14 NIV
My life is for a purpose. I am here for a purpose…and so are you.
God chose each of us. There are no mistakes with Him. He is not caught off guard by surprises.You are no surprise.
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2: 16-17 NIV
That changes perspective, doesn’t it?
Although it is good, in my opinion, for each person to take stock of their life, to explore new and exciting things, to change what we need to change, to check off the wishes on the “bucket list” ….. it is equally important to be grateful for the life that we have.
This is the life we were gifted with.
I don’t need to travel the world, to see the sights, to know…
that God infuses wonder in each moment.
Whether a person lives only one hour on this earth, or lives to be one hundred years old…in the scope of eternity, it is all a short time.
So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. John 16:22 NIV
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- Planning in The Mist of God! (psalmsofpraisewomensministries.wordpress.com)
- Grace and Perspective (ruggedspirituality.wordpress.com)