Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 3:07:31 AM
Just think. God made freckles, sunflowers, twinkling night skies, cool fall breezes, crooked perfect smiles, and you and me. Life is full of so many little things that you daily look past because of blinding distractions. When you walk to class your head is constantly down focused on your updating twitter feed, but wait, you think, I glance up every once in a while to make sure I’m not a few steps away from plowing into the oncoming traffic who are also focused on what is keeping them so consumed on their phones. Props to you. How long do those glances last? A couple of seconds? Enough to slightly make eye contact with someone passing by only to be diverted to the calling buzz of your phone as a text message comes across? That’s right me, pipe back down you can’t win this argument.
What I’m trying to get into that stubborn head of yours is that you need to live 2014 in the moment. When your focus finds itself on the things and people and places around you your perspective on life is totally changed. Overwhelming, amazingly, is-this-really-how-life-is-lived changed. I promise you social media will be there for you in the wee hours of the nights when your thoughts are keeping you awake and you need a mindless distraction to escape. But in the daylight there’s so many opportunities you could be missing and life that you could simply be experiencing. From the way the sun warms your skin through your car windshield as you sit at that annoying traffic light that seems to stay on red longer and longer each day. Or the way a simple smile while passing someone on the way to class seems to fill you with a sense of humanity and the longing we all feel to be loved by someone. Or the happiness you get when you’re surrounded by friends and that catchy song comes on the radio that everyone claims to hate but somehow knows all the words to and suddenly everyone’s singing their hearts out really, really out of tune.
It’s these simple, sometimes silly, things in life that I don’t want you to miss. Because it’s these things that capture the essence of this life we are all living. God didn’t give you this life to be full of distractions and excuses, He gave you this life to live. My hopes for you this year is that you find yourself purely living. I hope you take in every moment. I hope you revel in the little things and embrace the big things with compassion and an attitude that screams “I will change this world”. Don’t be afraid to live life outside of that comfort zone you’ve created. You and I both know a giant leap of faith will be needed to live life like you never have before. So me, this year live for every moment. It will be so incredibly worth it.