Show Up For Life

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. –Psalm 118:24

I made a remark to a friend about how quickly the year was passing by. I received a blank stare in return. I remarked again. “And….?” my friend questioned. I tried to explain. “And…?” my friend persisted. Then it hit me: I’m old. Actually, I’m not that old. But, I am twenty years older than my friend. I realized that my friend doesn’t have the same perspective on time that I have gained. I experienced what I’ve heard so many other people say, “The older you get the faster time flies.”

Whether we are young or old, whether time seems to drag or fly by, it’s important to remember that life is fleeting. While it’s natural to desire a long healthy life, not all of us are granted the experience. All we have for sure is today; this moment. There are no guarantees for long life. So here’s an important reminder: live each day to its fullest — to the glory of God. Each day is a gift that needs to be treasured.

If you are like me, you’ve wasted days planning for or dreaming about the future. Some days, we’re so busy trying to get to our future that we don’t show up for today. There’s nothing wrong with planning and dreaming. We abuse the gift of life, however, when we forfeit today’s experiences trying to get to tomorrow. God wants us to be present today. He has created this day that we may know, experience, and love Him; that we may love and serve others. However you go about it, if you do these things, you’ll make the most of your day.

I’ve heard someone say, “Ninety percent of life is just showing up.” I’m not sure about the percentage, but the saying rings true to me. Whether you are young or old, time is fleeting. Today, show up for life!

GOING DEEPER:
1. What personal issues or concerns, at times, have kept you from showing up for today?

2. What can you do today to make the most this day that God has given you?

FURTHER READING:
Psalm 90:10-14

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Jim Liebelt

Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family. Jim has over 30 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on Crosswalk.com and Religiontoday.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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