2 Oct 2006

The Urgency of the Moment

I was enjoying a beautiful weekend at the beach but this morning my heart was heavy for a family I do not even know. On Friday night around 6:00pm, the beach outside my window was filled with sirens, fire rescue trucks, and hundreds of people. What could be going on? The ocean was beautiful and quite frankly sounded silent until two men went out to swim and were swept under with the rip tide. A 64-year-old man had drowned. In an instant his life was over in an ocean that looked so innocent.

His family is preparing for his funeral; not what they had planned when they recently came to the beach.

I am reminded again today through another man’s tragedy that my days are precious and unknown. I must look at my life and choose today to be all that GOD intends for me to be. I want today to be filled with a purpose, a plan that can be accomplished. I want to live my life in such a way that I can enjoy my time with my God. I want so much to be physically energized so that I can go through the day fully engaged in my relationships as well as my work.

How is that done? Is it even possible in a homeschooling environment?

The simple truth of personal disciplines has come front and center to me again today. The desires of my heart must first be realized and identified in my mind and then I must spend time putting a plan together to accomplish them every day. I must take time for simple reflection. I must look at my schedule and put time in it to break away from all of the demands so that I can plan. Every night before I go to bed I think about tomorrow, and every morning, early before the children wake up, I think about today.

As homeschooling families we can become deluded into thinking that we will never be able to spend time alone thinking. That kind of thinking must be changed. Tomorrow may not come. The enemy of this world wants you so busy that you do not take time to stop and think, to reflect, and to plan. I am not talking about planning your lessons for the next day; I am talking about the things that YOU must do to move closer to becoming the man or woman you want to be.

Every person is responsible for his or her own personal growth and success. Often success is accomplished when we look at our failures. The very things we have done wrong will be the things from which we can learn and change. Today, will you take time to think about YOU? You must have a picture of your life and that picture will help determine the plans that must be put in place. Every day is a process of saying “yes” to certain things and “no” to other things. Without a picture and a plan, the day can become very unclear. Will you begin to sow new habits, one small step at a time, so that your life story could be clearly told by others? For what or whom are you living? How do you want to be remembered?

Every day is gift. Will you make it your best day EVER? Ask God to help you see your day in a whole new way. Don’t just make it through the day but reflect on all that you will take from the day. You don’t know if today could be your last.

Begin training yourself and your children to find a place to spend time to think, pray, write, and plan, and you will be amazed how energized you will feel.

Ephesians 5:15-17
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Have an AWESOME week!

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