“A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples,
if you love one another.”
I stumbled upon this today. A blog entitled: Love Well. It has been awhile since I was so touched by a new blog that I found. I cannot put my finger on it, but SOMETHING touched me as I explored her blog and some of her older posts. It took her and her husband over 3 years to sell a house. GULP! Thank you, Lord, that it only took 16 months to sell my ex-house! Her post from yesterday talked about parenting on auto pilot and missing a moment…umm!!! You know, it isn’t just PARENTING that gets done on auto pilot. I think for me – LIFE – gets lived on auto pilot sometimes. We rush through one thing to get to the next. We can’t wait for winter to be over for the spring flowers to bloom. We have summer and can’t wait for school to start so we can get back in a routine. I get it…there is something to be said for routines and schedules….BUT…I don’t want to miss the PRESENT while anticipating the FUTURE. I need to learn to experience the HERE. AND. NOW. Experience the seconds, that make the moments, the moments that make the hours, the hours that make the days and the days that make the years. He created them ALL. Each second, moment, hour and day is a gift. A gift to be enjoyed and experienced, so that our LIGHT may shine and be seen by others.
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.
Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
OK, I am a little “out there” today…you may not see the connection that I see or that I am trying to make. Sorry. For me…this speaks volumes. I started my Accounting II class last night…will I experience the seconds, moments, days and hours of the next 16 weeks? Or will I grudgingly go through the time on auto-pilot waiting for it to be over?
Lord, thank you for Kelly’s blog. For the reminder not to live on auto pilot. Please help me find a balance between work, school and LIFE. Help me to live my life so that YOU shine through me. Thank you for another day, Lord.
How about you…are you on auto pilot in life?
Thank you, Mary, for this wonderful post! I've been doing the "Love Dare" (are you familiar with it?) and I've been realizing that I've been doing the same thing…in our marriage. Just going through the days without really enjoying the moments. I appreciate you so much!
Mary, this is something I have been thinking about, too, for the last several days. I think it was spurred on by the release of Ann's book and my own gratitude list. To fully live- each moment- and to be grateful for each one, that's where I want to be. No more auto-pilot as you aptly put it!