It has been said, the days are long, but the years are short. I feel that statement fully right now. April is gone and we are now into May. Still, as with every month, April had some special moments. Pieces of a day where something caught you, grabbed you or even made you laugh. Take each piece like a puzzle and place them together, it will make up a full picture of a day, a week, and a month. I am not just talking about splash in the pond moments, because life does not go from big moment to big moment, but it’s the little ones that make up each day.
Author and pastor Paul Tripp put it this way, “Our lives don’t careen from big moment to big moment. No, we all live in the utterly mundane… the character of a life is not set in two or three dramatic moments, but in 10,000 little moments.”
I say amen to that. It is why we must make the most of each moment and soak up every ounce of where we are, what we are doing and what is happening, because it may not be just like this ever again.
In Ephesians 5:15-16, Paul says, “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.”
Paul was calling for more than just a Carpe Diem way of life. It is a call to put the phone down, be present, let your mind be the camera and take snapshots that will make a memory you can’t find on Facebook.
Even in these evil days we are living in, there are great moments in our lives every day if we just look for them and Paul is calling us to make the most of each opportunity that comes our way.
May has at least three days that have the potential to give some of those 10,000 little moments. For instance, this Sunday is Mother’s Day. A moment for each of us to honor our moms and those ladies in our lives that have loved us like a mother would.
For those who have their mothers still with them, it could be a card, a call or even a visit. For those whose moms have passed, it might be flowers at the grave and a time of reflection and telling delightful stories to keep their memory alive for others in your family.
Another day for moments this month might be a graduation for someone in your life or family. It could be all the way from pre-K, high school, and college. If this is true and this person is special to you, take time to reflect and look back at the blessing they have been, honor their accomplishments and rejoice with them over what they have done and what the future holds.
This is a big moment for our family as Mikalyn will graduate college this weekend with her degree in early childhood education. You better believe, the best I know how, I want to be present for every moment before, during and after.
Of course, in May we also have Memorial Day. It is a time of food, fellowship, families and always fun with a long weekend. Just never forget the reason we have that day.
On that weekend, enjoy the moments with friends and family but take more than one moment to honor and remember those who gave their lives and served this great nation within our armed forces and gave the ultimate sacrifice so we could have the freedoms we enjoy.
These are three that come to mind in this month of May. I pray you have more than these, both planned and those that are unplanned.
A moment to laugh, a moment to cry and a moment that might even take your breath away.
Soak it in, let it sit for a minute and then breath it out and never forget it.