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Fill Your Life with Moments of Grace

As I alluded to over a couple of posts recently my family has shrunk a bit. It has been through these losses that true grace has been revealed. Anyone that watches as their parents or in my case grandparents as they lose their ability to care for themselves knows it is hard. No longer do you see them the same. No longer are they the same. Their true self shines through almost child like. My grandmother passed away a couple of weeks ago. She had changed from the steadfast strong lady I once knew. Her life began to dwindle with her memory. One moment she knew me, the next I was a stranger. I pray that the loving woman, full of joy and grace the last I saw her. I pray that was the real grandma I happened to never really know. We had our differences. We could go quite some time without even speaking. Now that she is gone, I pray the way she was the last few months. I pray that was God’s way of shining through her to speak to me. A couple of weeks after her passing at the age of 98, I lost my sweet beautiful cousin at age 33. My heart was devastated. Why would God take her so soon? In reflecting over the times we spent, my cousin was living a life full of grace. Her life was so full you could not help but be changed by her presence. Although her life was taken suddenly and what […]

Are You Really Living

Are you really living your life?

I mean sure you are breathing (hopefully unless you are zombie reading this), but are you living. We shuffle through our daily life. Day in and day out. One day blends into weeks, into months.

We work hard to balance our overflowing plates.

For many that means, work, marriage, maybe kids, church and the rest of life. Working hard to make it to the end of the day. Punching the time clock of our own existence.

When is the last time you went on a mission trip? What about volunteering at a soup kitchen? Did some good for someone else without being asked. Gave back to the lives of others of your own free will…not in a church, work or school group.

Rushing through our daily lives we forget how to really live. Focused on the mighty dollar, or whether there is food on the table. Overwhelmed with excess worry and anxiety. Wondering if your badge to the rat race will work today.

So many distractions, keep us from really living. Bills, social life, keeping up appearances, will any of it matter? How many coworkers or clients will attend you graveside. We put our time and talents in areas that only take, yet never give.

Life is only a certain number of days. Last time I checked we usually don’t get out of it alive. Rather than wasting those day, however many they may be. Lets add value to each day. Make each one like it is our last.