Sunday morning as I entered my church service I noticed that there were paper measuring tapes on each seat in the room. Certainly seeing them lying there made me curious about how they would factor into our morning together. As our Pastor began to share a passionate message he asked us all to take our measuring tapes and make a tear on the number of the age we are today. We did it; he asked us to drop it over our shoulder because it represented our past. Then, he requested that we take the rest of the tape and make a tear at the number (age) we would like to be on our last day on earth; lots of people were making a tear anywhere between 80-90.
Now, I recognize that only God knows the time we have left but it was a good exercise to walk through. For those who were young, their remaining tape was long with many years ahead. I am 57 so the take was significantly shorter than the college students nearby. My mother, who was sitting beside me and is in her 80’s passed me her remaining tape and it was significantly smaller than mine. This visual really gripped my heart and has caused me to ponder my remaining days…..
What kind of impact will my life have in my remaining years? How will I use the time I have left to make a difference in the world around me? How can I be certain not to waste even one day on trivial pursuits? Seeing my relatively short measuring tape really brought these questions to the forefront of my mind.
A blog post by Max Lucado caught my eye this morning as it spoke to living a life that makes a difference, I just has to share it with you!
Today I Will Make A Difference. by Max Lucado
Today I Will Make A Difference
Today I will make a difference. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the product of his thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful. Therefore, I will have thoughts that are happy and hopeful.
I refuse to be victimized by my circumstances. I will not let petty inconveniences such as stoplights, long lines, and traffic jams be my masters.
I will avoid negativism and gossip. Optimism will be my companion, and victory will be my hallmark. Today I will make a difference.
I will be grateful for the twenty-four hours that are before me. Time is a precious commodity. I refuse to allow what little time I have to be contaminated by self-pity, anxiety, or boredom. I will face this day with the joy of a child and the courage of a giant.
I will drink each minute as though it is my last. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever. While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving. Today I will make a difference.
I will not let past failures haunt me. Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on. Victoriously. No failure is fatal. It’s OK to stumble…I will get up. It’s OK to fail…I will rise again.
Today I will make a difference.
I will spend time with those I love. My spouse, my children, my family. A man can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A man can own nothing and yet be wealthy in relationships. Today I will spend at least five minutes with the significant people in my world. Five quality minutes of talking or hugging or thanking or listening. Five undiluted minutes with my mate, children, and friends.
Today I will make a difference.
Psalm 90-12 “So teach us to consider our mortality, so that we might live wisely. ”