I was writing a song yesterday titled, “HERE AND NOW” which in turn got me thinking about the following: As a child, when other kids were playing with barbie dolls, I was planning my great escape. I couldn’t help but ponder life and how fast it was going by. I now know why the LORD gave me such a keen perspective on time and eternity, but back then, all I knew was that life was passing me by and by the age of Nine, all I could think of was how to leave home in order to start my own life. I won’t glamorize my choices by discussing them, but suffice it to say, with GOD’S Grace I survived!
Fast forward many years and I am to this day, a very structured person with goals and strategic pathways to achieving them. A difficulty for me is found in stillness, because, I rarely get tired, I hate to sit still, don’t like to sleep, and I LOVE what I do. But, in all that, I have come to realize that no achievement or accomplishment, or pursuit therein/thereof, can replace lost moments of time spent with those who make me happy.
It seems silly, but a few years ago when my baby (not really a baby, but my baby) posted this image on her Facebook page depicting the two of us, it hit me hard because I didn’t like being that way. Working hard and being diligent is one thing, but not being able to shut off is another altogether. I want those whom I love to know that I love being with them, and I want to seize the moments before there are none left to seize. I do not want my legacy to be about how much I achieved if it doesn’t coincide with how much I loved and gave back.
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth..” Proverbs 27:1
No amount of planning and preparation will be sufficient enough to secure your future because who can say what a day may bring? I knew a lady who had an obsessive fear of getting cancer and so she sprouted all of her foods, exposed herself to just the right amount of sunshine for proper Vitamin D absorption, abstained from eating deserts, and using various cosmetics, etc., etc., and as life would go, in a routine check-up she found out that she had late stage cancer and ended up dying before the age of 45. We are but a wisp and I want to remind you that JESUS came to give us a life of ABUNDANCE and PEACE (well-being, sound mind) if we just reach for it.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
In all of your pursuits, it is best to enjoy each moment as given because it will never reappear and sadly, there is no rewind. I missed a lot of little things by looking so far into the future that I failed to see the present. I make conscious efforts now not to be like that, and when that antsy spirit from hell knocks on my door, my COUNSELOR, THE HOLY SPIRIT, quickly reminds me that my steps are ordered and I will arrive right on time (John 14:25-27).
“A man’s steps are of the Lord; how then can a man understand his own way?”
Relax, and know that the plan is in THE MASTER’S HAND. Work hard, work forward, stay relevant, AND BREATHE. If I told you that I never had an actual “Vacation” I wouldn’t be exaggerating and because my life feels like a perpetual vacation, I don’t need one, and while those I love never complain, I know when they need my time and FULL attention: When I satisfy the needs of my seeds (my family), all is well with my soul.
“Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God.” Eccl 2:24
Until next time,
Make a beautiful memory today
Love Destiny/CYU 😘 ღ
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