Sunday, October 9, 2016

savoring it

Lewis talks about people shoveling down their food today in A Year with C.S. Lewis.

We're all in a big rush these days, aren't we? Like the old man in Shawshank Redemption points out, the world has gone and gotten itself in a big darn hurry. We want instant gratification in everything. And if we DO have to wait, we pull out our phones and seek some intermittent entertainment while we are forced to wait.

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with being busy. The old saying that idle hands are the devil's workshop (a loose interpretation of Proverbs 16:27) has basis in fact. If we don't have much to do, it's easy to get in trouble. And we can certainly be VERY busy doing good.

But if we get into too big of a rush, we become like the glutton that Lewis talks about, shoveling down our delicacies like we don't know what it is we're eating. Only not just with food... with everything. With our relationships. With our time. With our money. With, ultimately, our lives.

Thoreau said "Most men live lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with the song still in them." Take some time today. Live deliberately.

Sing your song.

God, thank You for the reminder that we only have the one life You've given us... help us to live it to the fullest. To savor it.