So often, I find myself caught up in the tedium of life. Another load of laundry, another sink full of dishes. Did my kids get their schoolwork done? Did I remember to pay the electric bill? I wish I had enough money to remodel my kitchen, or I wish I had more time to exercise.
We go along doing the same old thing, never suspecting that it could all fall apart in the blink of an eye.
About a month ago, that blink happened to my sister and her family. They were trying to decide what color pavers to put in their garden. Should they match the stained concrete or the brick? Suddenly, none of that mattered as my brother-in-law started staggering and drooling out of the side of his mouth. Jen and the boys started laughing, thinking he was playing around. But as fear filled his eyes, she knew it was serious. At only 31 years old, Darrel was having a massive stroke.
The irony was that the following day was the 9 year anniversary of Jen's diagnosis with a brain tumor. Her boys had almost lost her, and now they could lose their dad.
Do I have the courage to get up and live every day as if it were my last? Do I take the opportunity, no matter how small, to savor life? Am I moving down the path that God has set before me, or do I merely sit and complain about the bumps, the holes, and how bad my feet hurt?
It isn't always easy to see beyond ourselves. Inside, we can be safe and in control. But if we are always looking in, we will miss the glory of the world around us. Take it in, embrace it, and have the courage to...
Keep it in perspective.
By the way, Darrel is doing very well, and is expected to make a full recovery within six months.