Live Passionately // Day 2

Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” — Annonymous

Is it just me or does time seem to speed up when you hit middle age? Years begin to pass like days. When I was much younger I remember how time sort of dragged on and I wondered when school would finally get out so I could play and do the things I wanted to do. Now it seems to fly by me like a comet leaving me wondering what I did with my time. Sounds depressing doesn’t it? But instead of limiting us, our mortality can consistently remind us to be all we were made to be.

Often we’re tempted to play it safe and settle for far less than we were made for. I know so many people whose favorite day of the week is Someday. Countless people in every stage of life say, “Someday I’m going to go for all that life has to offer.” “When I retire, then I’m going to enjoy life.” “Someday I’m really going to live for God and get my act together. I’ll start loving my family better.” “When I make enough money, then I’m really going to spend more time with my kids.” “Someday when my schedule slows down, then I’m going to get involved at church.” “When I have more time, then I’ll focus on being more spiritual.”

Someday. One day. When. If…then. When are we going to wake up and realize this is life?

This is your life, right here, right now. Wherever you’re reading this blog, feeling whatever you’re feeling, facing whatever you’re experiencing. Someday is now. We’ll always be tempted to resort to the Someday Syndrome, but this mind-set robs us. Someday, when whatever we’re looking for happens, then we’ll start living. When everything settles down someday, then we can savor life. But things won’t settle down. Once we attain what we think we want – more money, a less hectic schedule, the right job – we’ll soon realize that it doesn’t fulfill us, and we’ll begin looking for the next big thing.

God didn’t design us simply to stand by and watch life pass as we wonder why we aren’t more fulfilled. God created us to take risks in faith and to conquer the giants that paralyze us with fear.

The world says, “Don’t be ridiculous; be reasonable. Don’t stand out. Don’t take risks; play it safe, and make security and comfort your primary goals in life.” God calls us to a life of faith, living every moment all out for Him. God didn’t create us to coast along on the “kiddie rides” or swim in a wading pool. Jesus said in John 10:10 “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” He has promised us an abundant life. Maybe this seems far removed from where you see yourself right now. Take heart, as difficult and frightening as your life may be right now, God is still there. He cares about you beyond what you can understand or even imagine. If you knew you only had a month to live I don’t think you’d be stuck in the Someday Syndrome. Today I want to challenge you to face your fears with ridiculous faith and experience the life God intended you to live.

Personal Challenge

1. If you were certain your life as you know it would end in a few weeks, what would be your biggest regret? Why?

2. In what area of your life are you suffering from the Someday Syndrome? Make a decision today never again to use the phrase “someday, when things settle down.” Realize that today is your someday!

3. Are you doing anything in your life right now that requires faith? If not, why not?

  • John M.

    John 10:10 is a great verse. I believe the beginning of that verse is just as important as the end. “The thief does not come except to steal (my passion), to kill (my passion) and to destroy (render me useless by stealing and killing my passion.)
    Thank you Jesus that you come so we may have life and have it more abundantly in and through you.

    I pray that I may experience your rich abundance and move past my own selfishness and comfort zone to live a rewarding and passionate life by faith.

  • Terry Wolfe

    Tonight our mens group will meet to study His Needs, Her Needs. We have decided to continue to meet even thought Fight Club is over. We are stepping out in Faith to do this study solo. Thanks Pastor Tierce for your encouragement and your perserverance to lead men on their journey. Six men that range in age from 28 to 56 are setting a new course.

  • Kelly

    I’ve read “his needs, her needs” twice and recommended it to many friends, men and women, at different seasons of their lives…great read and a big help in understanding each other and ourselves as well…I think it is absolutely awesome that your men’s group is using it as a study.

    Your comment coupled with todays reflection, has motivated me to break it out again, and maybe do a small group study…

    Thanks gentlemen for the motivation! :0)

  • http://Www.thesecondhalf_Michelle.blogspot.com Michelle welch

    When you finally get to your someday, you realize just how much you missed by not doing it yesterday.

  • http://Www.thesecondhalf-Michelle.blogspot.com Michelle welch

    Hit send too soon. :) . I have spent my entire life living for someday. And now that someday is here, I realize just how much I missed out on. These days everyday is a someday at our house. Start young! There is way too much that your Abba has for you today. It might be gone someday!

  • http://www.jesusandjaxyworld.com Jax Hill

    There’s a lot of stuff, that if it doesn’t get done, the world WON’T end, and a lot of stuff, that if you don’t do it today, you’ll never again have the chance to … so if it comes down to a choice between letting the dirty dishes sit in the sink while you play CandyLand with your kids or getting the dishes done while your kids sit in front of the TV — choose CandyLand and get paper plates. You’ll never regret the time you spend with those you love. That’s what I’m getting from today’s lesson. Carpe Diem — and not to do the dishes.

  • Jenn B.

    Starting the Lent Experience a day late! BUT what an awesome way to start with the quote “Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” This quote means so much to me that I even had it put on my husbands headstone when we lost him to cancer this past year.
    I have realized and am happy to say that because of losing my husband, my son and i live a more passionate life and I have a new perspective on what things are important in my heart rather than the things of the world that used to take up alot of our precious time. <3 this will be a great journey!

  • Joni McLane

    Awesome! So true and so well said.

  • Lori Weirich

    Today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday!