I have been extremely busy lately, and I feel as though I dont even have time to catch my breath. But I force myself to sit down for at least one hour, either super late or super early and read and take some me time.
This me time moment brought me the reminder that the best things in life are not for sale. The only cost is taking time to notice them. My fear is that we have all become so busy to notice the small blessings each day.
Small blessings like the smell of coffee, smiles all around, advancing medicine, family.. The laugh of a child. The excitement my dog meets me with when I come home from work.
I’ve been reading in the book of Ecclesiastes lately and when I read, I like to reflect and apply.
Here is my reflection:
The writer looks at “everything under the sun” and declares it all empty. Power, popularity, pleasure- nothing fills the void we have except for our creator.
Solomons main conclusion is to Fear God and keep his commandments.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
Which is true if we think about it. What is the purpose of life? Why were we made? We all chase money, but look at our famous stars? Money is not the answer.. Most of our famous idols have alcohol addictions or other drug addictions. It is clear that money doesn’t buy happiness, so why do we fill our lives with staying insanely busy to try and reach the rich life? Why do we try and live our of our means?
We kill ourselves searching for false sense of security, never really realizing what we are truly missing.. We get caught up in materialistic goals, always striving to meet deadlines, or the next big moment in our life. Rushing life as we know it. Missing the small blessings and becoming resentful and exhausted. Losing site of true priorities..
I read this story once and loved it:
Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision. We see ourselves on a long trip that spans the continent. We are traveling by train. Out the windows we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at a crossing, cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of smoke pouring from a power plant, of row upon row of corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of mountains and rolling hillsides, of city skylines and village halls.
But uppermost in our minds is the final destination. On a certain day at a certain hour we will put into the station. Once we get there so many wonderful dreams will come true and the pieces of our lives will fit together like a completed jigsaw puzzle. How restlessly we pace the aisles, condemning the minutes for loitering-waiting, waiting, and waiting for the station.
When we reach the station, that will be it! we cry. “When Im 18.. When I buy a new car.. When I put the last kid through college. When I have paid off my mortgage! When I get a promotion. When I reach retirement, I shall live happily ever after…
Sooner or later we must realize there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy is the trip. That station is only a dream. It constantly outdistances us. “Relish the moment” is a good motto, especially when coupled with Psalm 118:24 “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
It isnt the burdens of today that drive men mad. It is the regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. So stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, climb more mountains, eat more ice cream, go barefoot more often, swim more rivers, watch more sunsets, laugh more, cry less. Life must be lived as we go along. The station will come soon enough. – Robert Hastings.
I remember when I was thirteen, I couldn’t wait until I was sixteen to get my license. Then when I turned sixteen, I couldn’t wait until I was 18 so I was an adult and free. Now im 24 and wish I was still 16. I was so excited to get my drivers license and now I can’t stand driving. Im not really sure who signed me up for this adult life, but it isn’t for me. I was wishing my life away when I was younger. I was constantly searching for the next big thing. It was as if I thought that when I reached a certain destination, I would be happy. But I was not happy until I reached the same conclusion that this writer made. To live for the moment, and to fear God and keep His commandments.. Know that He has a plan, live for Him, and trust Him to guide my path.
John 14: 15-21
“If you love me, obey my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you do, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans — I will come to you. 19 In just a little while the world will not see me again, but you will. For I will live again, and you will, too. 20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Those who obey my commandments are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them, and I will love them. And I will reveal myself to each one of them.”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
If you’re alive today, you have a purpose. Each day is a gift from God, treat it like one, Treat it like it may be your last because it very well might be. Choose to see the good and brush off the bad today. Even the smallest dose of positivity starts changing the way you see the world. Here is something that reminded me to stop rushing life and know that there is timing for everything
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
These verses remind me that God is in control. Even when I feel like my life is a mess and the entire world is corrupt, I have hope because I know He has it under control. Its a reminder to slow down, and understand that everything is about timing.
I remember one day when I was moving into a new house and everything around me was changing and I felt overwhelmed, like I had lost control, someone I care about looked at me and said, Megan, how do you eat an elephant? I smiled and said ugh Idk!? He said, “a piece at a time.”
Everytime I find myself overwhelmed, like I cant get caught up, like I have so much to do that I would rather take a nap, I think of what he said.. and this:
Everything works out eventually, so why rush around and worry? Take a day at a time, sloowwwww down and enjoy each moment..
Ill leave you with a few of my favorite quotes:
If we constantly find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world- C.S Lewis
“Life goes by quickly. Excuses that we’re too busy for this, or too busy for that soon turn into missed opportunities that we can never get back. Make time for those who matter. The little things you think are important now will mean nothing in the future, but your loved ones will.”
Never get too busy making a living that you forget to make a life. ❤