I can’t tell you how often I have heard someone comment,“Whoa! Where did July go? I feel like the month just flew by!”
I have to admit – the older I get, the faster time flies. Not sure why that is but I definitely agree with Gretchen Rubin’s eloquent words; “the days are long but the years are short.” I remember being a young mom with three children and there were some VERY long days that felt like they would never end.
But they did.
And I miss the simplicity of those days. They sure didn’t feel uncomplicated at the time but life only got messier as the years unfolded.
I also remember when I was a little girl, my mother often threw her arms up in exasperation and yell, “STOP THE WORLD! I WANT TO GET OFF!” I guess she was feeling the same sense of being overwhelmed at times and wondering why life was so tough.
It has taken many years but I now realize oh-so-well that time is precious, I am fragile and life is short.
We can become so enmeshed in the duties of the day that we miss the mystery of the moment.
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4.14
That’s the Word of God – Our life is but a vapour.
In his book, Life as a Vapour, John Piper puts it this way:
Living knowing that your life is a vapour is different than just living. Things here are passing away. You’ve got to hold on to what will stand. Savor what matters.
A lot of stuff really doesn’t matter.
It’s easy to say, “Don’t sweat the small stuff” but it takes wisdom to figure out what the small stuff actually is.
Somehow, through our blunders, imbalances, glimpses of goodness and hard knock lessons, we get to a point in our lives when we realize the once perceived big things really weren’t that important and those little moments of bliss and calm and joy? Well, they are HUGE. Those are where the sweet memories were built.
Those are the moments to savour.
So, find those moments in your day.
Stop. Pay attention. Look around. Be curious. Be all there.
Live like “life is a vapour.” This is the better way. This is what it means to live in fullness of life.