Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Living the Dash





Ugggghhhh! I just typed a really long blog and went to add a picture and lost it! Anyway, we started a new series at church called One Month To Live - Living the Dash. It was so good and so thought provoking. The dash by the way is what comes between your birthdate and your date of death on your headstone. The dash represents our life. So I'm getting a little deep here but it really gave me a new perspective on living. If I knew I only had one month to live I would live so differently. To look at one aspect, I would spend more time with my kids actually playing with them and letting them know I enjoy being with them. So much of my day is just dashing to live instead of living the dash. If I'm not at work, I'm running here and there and basically looking forward each day to getting the kids to bed so I have time to myself. I feel bad saying that. If I were laying on my death bed though I know I would regret not spending more time with them. Of course there are other ways I would live differently if I only had one month to live, but right now I want to focus on changing the way I spend time with my kids. I want to play dolls with Jordan when she asks and read books with Jake, take them to the park and ride bikes. I've been told over and over how fast kids grow up and before you know it, they're teenagers and not interested in being with Mom and Dad so much. How true that is. In one month we'll be celebrating Jake's 6th birthday! I'm rambling on and this is really different from what I wrote before. Oh well. Psalm 39:4-5 says "Lord remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered. How fleeting my life is. You've made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire life-time is just a moment to you. At best each of us is but a breath." It's good to keep that in perspective and live the dash!

5 comments:

Lisa Kracinski said...

I'm not sure how the picture of Jake and Grandma got in there but it's a good picture anyway!

EK said...

That was awesome Dear!

Amanda said...

Sounds like an awesome series!!!! :)

Kristi and Mike said...

oh man, lisa, that kind of brought tears to my eyes........

Marilyn said...

Hi Lisa,
I am spending the evening looking at your blog and Amanda's. It has been so much fun. I rarely if ever sit down in front of a computer, so this is huge for me! I have thoroughly enjoyed your pictures and comments. The kids are so cute and getting so big. "Living the Dash" sounds great, I am so glad you are enjoying your new church. Hope to see you this fall.
Love, Aunt Marilyn