Thursday, June 25th
I was talking recently with a lady in our benefits department at work. She was telling me about some new health initiative challenges and opportunities our company is offering. We talked about diet and exercise. She asked if I was a runner. I said only if someone is chasing me.
I said “What about you? Are you a runner? She said, “Honey, the only reason I would take up running is so I could hear heavy breathing again.”
When I think about running, for some reason I think about the 50- or 100-yard dash. Maybe because many years ago in school as part of our physical education classes we would often do track events which involved the 50- and 100-yard dashes.
Last week a high school classmate named Karen departed this life for eternity. In one of the tributes to Karen a friend wrote that Karen had a saying “live your dash”, meaning, the dash on your tombstone between your birth and death dates. That struck me very profoundly. I haven’t been able to get that off my mind. “Live your dash”
Let’s think about that. None of us know what the date past the “dash” will be. There is a beginning and at some appointed time there will be an end. But there is always the in-between, the “dash” if you will. That is the most important time we are given. It is a time that we can choose how we live. A time to make a difference in the lives of others. A time to make memories with family and friends. A time to laugh. A time to cry and mourn. A time to comfort, encourage and love others.
I see fear, sadness and almost paranoia on the faces of so many these days and I am deeply saddened by this. Have we allowed the news media, social media and the “opinions” of others to instill such fear and dread in us over a virus that we may or may not get? A fear that keeps people from smiling at one another and quickly moving away from someone walking their way. Hear my heart, I know this virus is real. I pray continually for protection over myself, my family, my friends and honestly for everyone in general. However, I will not stop living now because of something that may or may not happen later. I would be cheating myself out of precious time that God so graciously gives me each morning that he wakes me up. I do not want to waste a second.
So, I am going to “live my dash” to the best of my ability by laughing, loving and soaking up every precious moment I am given. What about you? How are you choosing to “live your dash?” Fearful? Hopeless? Sad? Anxious? Or, will you choose to live in faith, hope, joy, gratitude and confidence in the sovereign God who is working this all for our good even when we don’t see how or understand why. Trust me, there are and will be times in all our lives we will not see or understand. That’s where faith and trust come in.
The question we are all familiar with; What Would Jesus Do? The same thing He always did. He Lives, He Laughs, and He Loves… with an everlasting, unconditional love. I pray you know Him as your Savior. If not, I pray you will seek Him today. If you have questions, contact me. I would love to talk with you.
“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Until next week……. Don’t forget to smile (and wash your hands)! Tammy