Yesterday I celebrated the beauty of life as we prepare for my little sister to birth her first child and my first niece!! My sister is glowing and we are beyond excited to welcome home a brand new baby sent straight from the Hands of God Himself. In stark contrast to such wonderful news, today we learned of the untimely death of Pastor Myles Munroe and his wife (amongst several others) on a jet that crashed last night near the Bahamas. Many of you may know Pastor Munroe, as I do, from his AWESOME list of motivational books as he was a very gifted writer in addition to pastoring a church. While my initial reaction is of shock in just how tragic this entire story is, I cant help but to remember that even after death, there’s life in Christ, which for me is beyond comforting. The mere fact that I know God is preparing my niece in her mothers womb, to be ready to take on this world, is tangible evidence that life is tremendously precious and not to be taken for granted.
In the moments when we cant understand the Father of time and the story He’s weaving together for our good, I believe we are supposed to draw even nearer to Him so He can meet us at our specific need. As I reflect over my weekend, I only want to remind us to do 4 things EVERYDAY as we find ourselves caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and forgetting how valuable the present truly is.
1. Value your life by honoring God. Honoring Him can mean many different things, but should definitely include reading His word more often. Value your life by making time throughout your day to check in with God and tell Him how things are going. Sounds corny, but taste and see how God responds to you.
2. Value the lives of those around you by telling family, friends, colleagues, WHOEVER, that you love them and by showing them EVERYDAY. My pastor says it best, “You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving.” Give more time and attention to those you love before its too late.
3. Count your blessings. We all will experience loss at some point, whether that be the loss of a loved one or the loss of a job, but despite our circumstances there’s ALWAYS a reason to thank God. Find your reason, write it down, and reflect on it, EVERYDAY. Even upon hearing the news of Pastor Munroe, I still had to thank God for the blessing of life that will be my first niece due in December. Lest we forget that even after death, there’s life.
4. Slow down and just breathe a little. Some things just aren’t as important as we think they are in that moment. Don’t sweat the small stuff. I believe all stress is man-made and thus has no place in the life of a Christian. Either worry or pray, but it doesn’t make sense to do both.
Until next time friends,