Friday, January 22, 2010

Carpe Diem

"Today is unique! It has never occurred before and it never can be repeated. At midnight it will end, quietly, suddenly, totally. Forever. But the hours now and then are opportunities with eternal possibilities." - Charles R. Swindoll

I had a "ah hah!" moment earlier when I read this quote at the post office.  Have you ever really thought about how each day can only happen once?  I mean, when I was younger, I seriously thought time travel was possible.  (I've always had an over active imagination!)  Therefore, I thought I could go back, "putting things right that once went wrong"; perhaps I watched too much "Quantum Leap"?  Which, by the way, was a great show! 

But think about it for a minute...

How often are we guilty of wishing our life away?  I'm guilty of it just about every day.  What am I doing for Him in the in-between times?  Recently, it's come to my attention (only because I over-analyze everything) that I'm not doing enough for Him.  Sure, I appreciate His beauty in everything.  I'm kind to strangers; even smile when I don't feel like it.  But what am I doing to win souls for Him?  Far too often I'm just busy being busy. 

Philippians 3:13-15 (The Message): "I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back. So let's keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you'll see it yet! Now that we're on the right track, let's stay on it."

There's a stirring within me that something grand's about to happen.  I've felt this way for all the major events in my life.  I kinda feel like what a snake must feel like when he sheds his skin.  Have you ever watched that happen??  I'm kinda fascinated by it, actually.  When you have some time to kill, check it out on YouTube.  It's really quite amazing especially since they don't have arms.  (Random, but true!)  His old skin looks normal, that is, until you see the new vibrant skin.  (I know, it's actually scales.) I suppose the same could be true in our lives.  When we "shed" our old skin, becoming more like Christ, then we become all shiny and new too; figuratively speaking.

I try to seize the moment as much as possible, especially when it comes to photography.  I LOVE trying to capture God's creation!  It's honesly one of my favorite things in life and always makes me feel so happy and fulfilled.  The other day, it was absolutely gorgeous out!  I was out getting a smoothie for lunch from Smooth King.  I always drive through this really nice and ritzy neighborhood on the way back to work so I can savor my full lunch break.  There are some a-maz-ing trees there that I love looking at.  I always want to stop and take pictures, but don't.  I'm not sure why.  But the other day, my sunroof was open and I just couldn't resist!!  I wanted to share a few of the better ones with you.

Lesson for the day: SEIZE THE DAY!  Make the most of the day, because at midnight it will end.


Sara said...

nice photographs Meredith. I like the first photo the best.

Poet4Him77 said...

Thanks, Sara! Btw, I sent you a letter but it came back to me; not enough postage. I'll resend this week. :)

Sara said...

okay Meredith...thanks for letting me know! hope your day is going well.

Poet4Him77 said...

Sara, I am well; busy with life, but good! How are you?