Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I HAVE Arrived

Throughout our lives, we are given little bits and pieces of advice that we file away in our minds for opportunities when they, once again, seem relevant. Some advice is well received, other tidbits are shunned and offensive. But, regardless of how these comments strike us, they are destined to return to the forefront of our minds.

This morning, as I was mixing and stirring and preparing my morning potions and swallowing my morning medications, I had this thought, "I HAVE arrived."
You see, when I was in my early college years, my sister was about to get married to her wonderful husband (who is also named Brian), when my mom made a profound proclamation that didn't seem all that important at the time. She said, "There will never be a day when you think, 'Oh! This is it! This it the life that I've always been preparing for! I have arrived at my perfect life.'"
When she first uttered those words, I'm quite certain that I didn't think much about them, but for whatever reason, I did file them away. And, I can't tell you how many times those words have come back to me. I've shared them with friends, written them in journals, and pondered their significance in my own life.
For me, this simple concept that there will never be a day when our perfect life begins is enlightening and encouraging. For some, this might seem rather discouraging, like, 'Oh no! It's always going to be this bad!'"
I'm choosing instead to realize that it's always going to be this good. I'm choosing to start living my best life for Christ today. I don't get any repeats or do-overs. This is it, folks! We are all one hit wonders, so today is the day to start making your life count!

6 comments:

Rachel said...

Amen.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning -

Thanks for passing on your mother's words of wisdom....funny how we remember exact words and are able to apply them to our life later on. That is a phrase I will have to remember.

I do hope the sun is shining in Texas today as bright as it is in Iowa here....spring has arrived.

Continued prayers for you and your family.

God Bless...

Di said...

Lindsey I still remember the first time you told us this, sitting at the Wilma house, and I still remember it, recall it, and remind myself of it all the time! So thank you for sharing my friend. You are awesome and I love you!

courtney.davis said...

So often we spend so much time striving to accomplish the perfect life that we forget to live in the moment. To be thankful for what God has given us here and now. I'm a perfectionist and this one is very hard for me to sometimes grasp, but I'm learning that always trying to have the "perfect" life is often robbing me of enjoying the wonderful life I have. Thanks so much for sharing.

Norma said...

I was reminded of the song that says "This is your life...are you who you wanna be?" Too many people never really live their life - and they don't realize it until they are at the end of it. I don't wanna be one of them! We know too painfully well how life can change drastically in a moment. There will come days when I'm unable to do what I can do today...I must not squander what I've been given today. You are so right, we only get one life to love.

From "Tuck Everlasting" - "You don't have to live forever, just LIVE!" and "Don't fear death, fear the unlived life."

Sandy said...

Totally profound!