Man is Like a Breath; His Days are Like a Passing Shadow. Psalm 144:4
It didn't hit me like a ton of bricks until I turned 60. You know, something extraordinary happens when you reach certain milestones in your life. Suddenly, I began to recognize how precious my 20s, 30s, 40s and even 50s had become – and how I cherished those bygone days.
So often we're caught up in what's going wrong in our lives and we quickly forget about what's good – and everything positive that's transpired. We actually "waste many days!" Yes, I said it, "we waste time!"
There are days when we're in the midst of our own personal pity parties – feeling sorry for ourselves because we have yet to achieve our goals; we waste precious time being jealous of others – those who have made tremendous sacrifices to earn the gold – or to obtain that coveted position.
Don't worry about the naysayers or those who have attained their dreams 60 seconds before you achieve your personal best. Continue to love everybody. And, I mean agape love. God is love, and we cannot go wrong if we love one another. The scriptures tell us to "love your neighbor as you love yourself."
Don't waste one day of your life hating another person! Don't waste one day of your life being envious of someone else! God didn't create you to do the same thing He intended me to do, and He certainly didn't plan for me to accomplish the same feats that you do so effortlessly – without thinking twice!
In the book of James, scripture tells us "Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin." James 4:13-17
That scripture reminds us that we must live in the present. We must cherish the memories of yesterday; live life today, and dream of what we would like to do tomorrow, if it's God's will. We know not the minute nor the hour when God may call us home.
Before God healed me, I remember how I embraced a life full of regrets, especially regarding my marriage. When I married, it was my intention to remain married "until death do us part." I expected my husband and me to grow old together. But that was not to be the case.
All I had seen in my home was a mother and father, married 58 years. They had problems. Many of the problems would have caused you and me to walk away. But mother never left my father. She didn't waste one day of her marriage.
After my divorce, I continued to dream of the nice home in a gated community; the two car garage; the white living room furniture; the grand piano, all of my special dreams. And when I saw my dreams in someone else's home; I cried all the way home.
I indulged in a full-fledged pity parties. I wasted a day each and every time I allowed myself to fall into that trap. God said in his word how he will pour me out a blessing I won't have room to receive, if I keep his commandments. Today, I know that's true. I'm no longer wasting my days, and may I remind you to live each day to the fullest – live it as if it's your last too!