My almost 3 year old son, Max, went to bed two nights ago with a 102.9* fever. He had woken up at midnight crying hysterically so I got up to check on him. His little body felt on fire. I managed to calm him down with some medicine and his “juicies”. He then got this sweet little look on his face and asked if he could watch his favorite show, Mickey Mouse Club House, on the iPad. Of course he could! I figured that guaranteed sleep for me who is still nursing a 7 week old at night.
I was wrong.
I don’t know how long he stayed up watching Mickey Mouse, but he woke up every 2 hours after that burning up with fever and only settling down with more juicies and Mickey. What’s crazy was that he was up at 7am the next morning, still with fever, but with a smile on his face wishing me a good morning as if he was completely rested. That afternoon he took about a two hour nap, which was not quite long enough because I only managed to sneak in 20 minutes of an episode of Once Upon A Time. Both Max and my 19 month old Charlie were crying their little hearts out from their cribs at 3:45pm and surely you can guess how I calmed them down. Yes indeed, juicies and Mickey Mouse Club House on Mommy’s TV.
That night all I could think about was how quickly each day comes and then goes, and how fast my 3 little boys are growing up. Today is one day closer to eternity. Yesterday is already in the books never to return. Just last week I was 16, then I blinked and now I’m 26. I’ll blink again and my boys will be teenagers, and I’ll blink one more time and Lord willing I’ll be holding beautiful grand babies.
My hubs managed to help me in a matter of two minutes (versus the last 24 hours I spent thinking) to poetically express the purpose of this blog post:
As dawn begins, dusk awaits
Cherish each moment before it’s too late
I know we all are in different seasons of life, but we are all living! Don’t waste your days, friend. Enjoy God’s gracious blessings to you. Let go of any bitterness, frustration, discouragement, or anxiety before they steal away parts of your life. Cling to Christ in hope and trust, and let the joy of the Lord be your strength day by day.
Now don’t just focus only on God’s blessings! Focus on His mission and purpose for you. C.T. Studd wonderfully said,
“Only one life, twill soon be past
Only what’s done for Christ will last”
What is His purpose? To love Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. What is His mission? “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Christian, do you realize that’s not optional? And do you understand how Christ-centered and others-centered and not self-centered a life that is? And do you know how delightful and gratifying that life is?
Let’s not leave this kind of living to the super Christians and saints. Let’s join them.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2a