Tuesday, May 1, 2012

"Dear Abby" ...

Confession -

When I was younger, I wanted to write stories. I wanted to be an author and share all of the crazy things in my imagination with others. As I got older, I moved on from that and wanted to be “Dear Abby” … The fact is, I LOVE telling people what to do and how to do it. It makes me feel loved when people ask me my opinion. To be honest, I probably spend WAY too much time looking things up on google (just because I want to know).

I recently read a book by Randy Pausch titled The Last Lecture. This book is the final lecture of a young man dying of cancer. I started reading the book on my Kindle Fire Christmas morning and couldn’t put it down. It was quite possibly one of the most inspirational books (other than the Bible) I have ever read. In the book, Randy encourages the audience to pursue their dreams with diligence.

I say that this is one of the most inspirational books I’ve ever read because it caused me to pause and think. So often we get caught up in the day-to-day routine and forget to focus on what’s really important.

Yesterday my husband completed another semester of graduate school and on Friday, my baby sister will graduate from college. Both of them are pursuing dreams. My husband in the pursuit of knowledge, eager to know. Eager to share. Eager to work in a library (crazy right?) My sister, eager to gain employment that will finance world travel. Eager to experience new things. Eager to learn through the journey. Eager.  

As I observe these milestones, I'm reminded of two passages. The first is from Last Lecture and the second comes from the book of James. 

The key question to keep asking is, 
Are you spending your time on the right things? 
Because time is all you have. 
Randy Pausch

James 4:14-17

whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. What is your life? For ye are a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall both live, and do this or that.But now ye glory in your vauntings: all such glorying is evil. To him therefore that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

What am I valuing? 

What am I investing my life into?

Am I living each day as Christ would have me to live? 

What about you?

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