I began a new series at Ridgeview this past week entitled "Half-time: Preparing for What God Has Next." It's an interesting look at our lives and how we can all get run down and dry with the mundane things of life. When that happens, we catch ourselves looking for the next big moment to take us to the next level. It may be a promotion, a new relationship, a new home or a spiritual retreat that "boosts" us for the next few weeks and months. But those of us who are fortunate enough to find those moments must admit that life is more than the sum of these moments. Life is found in the little things--the millions of little moments that happen in between the big ones.
God did not intend for us to just "exist" from one big moment to the next. God gave us every single second of every single day to really live. The problem is not that you and I don't have enough big moments. The problem is we don't realize how big the little moments really are.
Don't believe me? Then watch as a loved one dies before it's their time. Watch as she slips away and be reminded every single second of every single day how much you would give to have back those millions of little moments in between. Get that phone call that life is ending because of some disease that reminds man that he is merely man and I promise you that you will gain a greater appreciation of every minute detail of life.
Why wait? Why not embrace life for all that it is before that phone call comes? Sleepy on Monday morning? Thank God you have lived to see another one. Overwhelmed by the electric bill that soars higher and higher? Thank God for a house and home where your family is safe--no matter how big or small or dirty it may be. Frustrated by keeping the schedules of a spouse and numerous little kiddos? Take the time to embrace them and praise God for the blessing of life, new life, young life and the health that we all take for granted.
It's a great new day made of millions of little bitty moments. Your big moment may come today. If it does, endure it. And realize that your life hinges, not on the greatness found in the big events, but in the faithfulness of God found in the little ones.