I recently received a message that contained an interesting and hard to answer question.
“Often you write about living life and not enduring it. On the surface that sounds pretty straight forward. When I sit down and really try to apply that to my life, am I living or enduring, I don’t know. I know my life is not perfect. So some parts of it at least I must be enduring. Everyday that I go through life am I not living it?”
Very good question and hard to answer because the answer is a very individual and personal thing and will vary from person to person. I can only give you, how I see it. Remember, I am not a doctor or anything else. I am just a guy sitting at his computer sharing my thoughts.
I believe life to be a gift from God. I go to bed every night knowing full well I may not wake up tomorrow morning. As I lie there I say a short prayer thanking God for the gift of the day He has just given me. I do not pray asking to be given a gift of tomorrow, I pray that His will be done. Obviously, His will is that I still be here as here I am typing away, inspite of all that has happened.
In that regard I am no different than anyone else. No One and I mean NO ONE isd guaranteed a tomorrow. We all just take it for granted that tomorrow will indeed come as will many more tomorrows. When you do realize you may indeed not have a tomorrow, it makes you more appreciative of every single day you do have. You come to appreciate every day for what it really is, a gift from God.
An attitude of gratitude, I have this day, I appreciate that and I am going to make the most of it. When we give gifts, we give them with the idea the person we give them to will enjoy it, benefit from it and/or both. I believe in a loving God, a God that is all knowing and all powerful. Could a gift from such a God be anything but full of wonderful potential. So often we are all caught up scrambling on the frantic paced tread mill of life, we think we don’t have time to see or apprciate the wonders around us. That is so WRONG. A change of mind set, a change of thinking is really all that is required.
It is like getting a gift on your birthday. You open it up. You think: “I don’t know what this is” and you throw it away. You never checked it out so you have no idea what potential that gift may have had. You have no idea how much it may have impacted on and improved your life, you just threw it away. How many days of your life are you just throwing away?
As I see it the largest part of living life is how you see it in your head. Have a grumpy coworker making your life miserable well obviously he/she has chosen not to appreciate their gift from God today, but does that mean because they aren’t, they can deprive you of your appreciation of your day.
Living life is not getting caught up in individual little circumstances. Allowing things of the moment spoil your day. Anything can only spoil your day or detract from God’s gift of today for you, if you let it. We live in our minds, our minds are us. Mind set is everything.
I image many will read this and just pass it off saying, “yeah, that is all fine to say but if you knew what was going on in my life, you would realize it isn’t that simple.” To try and put it in perspective, I could reply: “I am dying, want to trade places”?