Monday, March 29, 2010

Dance. Laugh.

On Saturday I posted the song that has been running through my mind almost continuously. The song is "Stones Under Rushing Water" by Needtobreathe. Please click here and go listen if you haven't already. I told you that there were many thoughts I wanted to share. I am going to try and put those thoughts down here.

Many have emailed me after I posted that song believing that I was in a "bad" place, maybe sad, maybe depressed, dealing with hard things. Actually, the song reminds me of how important it is to make the most of this life we are given!! One time around...that's what we get. We need to live this life very intentionally. Aware of each and every moment we are given.

The song begins with the words, "Why don't we dance any more? I'm not okay with that. Why don't we laugh any more? I'm not okay with that". I want to live my life like that. Not settling for the mediocre or just getting by. I want to dance, I want to laugh. God made us that way. To enjoy life. To make the most of every second He has gifted us with.

The song goes on to say that "the years go by like stones under rushing water". Picture that. As the river flows quickly, the stones under it go speeding by, unable to get them back. That's how fast our lives go by. "We only know when it's gone". We might think that we have all the time in the world, but we don't know how much time we are promised. We can't get them back.

This is not meant to be a depressing post. It's meant to remind me to be so very intentional!! If there is not smiling and dancing - don't settle!! And I am not talking about my failed marriage here. Sure....I sometimes wish that I hadn't held on as long as I did, but it is what it is!! I want to find joy in all things.

I really want my kids to understand how quickly this life is fleeting. This is time that they cannot get back with their dad. The years race by. I don't want them to be okay with that, I want them to embrace this life and all that God has in store for them.

The other thing that really strikes me is how intentional I need to be about sharing Christ. God has given us each one time - one huge gift - in allowing us to share His name with those He places in our lives. We best take advantage of that. It (this life) is racing by. What is our purpose here? What is my purpose here?

Boy, I want to make the most of it!! I don't want to look back and see where the years rushed by and I didn't enjoy them, I don't want to have a life of regrets, I want to dance and laugh and make His name known.

There's a lot more going on in my life that I want to share with you. And yes....it pertains to this song as well. God has given me another huge gift. I am not sure why He continues to bless me. I guess it's just His nature. You all know by now that I don't like long posts, so I will share about this "gift"with you next time.

For today....dance....laugh.....share Jesus....the years are rushing by.


14 comments:

JD said...

Sheryl,

Living life intentionally and purposefully... that's what it's all about! We don't know how long we have, we have to make the time in between really count for His kingdom. Live every moment for Him. There's so much joy in that, it's more than I can handle some days!!

Love you, proud of you...


((((((((( hugs ))))))))

J

Debbie said...

Said so very well. Life flies by so quickly that you don't want to stop one day and wonder where all your time went. As my middle daughter said, when she was studying in Uganda last fall, "Mom, I am just trying to BE in the present here and take it all in." That is what I am trying to do every day. Who knew your kids could be so wise.

Laura said...

Well said, Sheryl..After some of the losses that I have had in my life over the last few years I have learnd this lesson all too well. Life is short and well I don't want regrets. I tell those that I love them and my actions show that too. That is how it is to be with the LORD and I. Its all about him. The journey he has on is simply amazing.
I love ya so much.
Laura

The Worgess Family said...

You are an inspiration to me (and many others I'm sure!). Thank you for these words and the example. I pray you would experience the fullness of God while experiencing LIFE! Praying that for myself as well. :) Thanks Miss Sheryl!

Michelle said...

The years really are rushing by...time is speeding up...we need to be ready...and like you said, share Jesus as often as we are given the opportunity. xoxo Blessings to you sweet friend...I love your transparency.

Courtney and the Boys said...

Can't wait to hear about your "gift!" :)

Just a little something from Judy said...

I am being made more aware of the facts in this post, more than ever lately. You have a way of writing that blesses my heart every visit I make her. You are an amazing lady! I share a hearty "amen" to what you shared. Your children are fortunate to have you as their mother and friend.

Jenn @ A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

Yes! Thank you! I needed to be reminded of this today!

lisasmith said...

Here's to being intentional together, Sheryl!
Happy Easter!
He is risen,
lisa xoxo

Susan said...

Great thoughts Sheryl!

As always I so enjoy each visit here.

Been missing you my friend.

Melanie said...

Listening to song now.

Melanie said...

Beautiful song...listening to it for the 2nd time now.

sanjeet said...

I pray you would experience the fullness of God while experiencing LIFE! Praying that for myself as well.
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Sweet Annabelle said...

Hi! I found your blog from Courtney (and the Boys)'s blog. Thanks for this post - I so 'get' what you've said here about being intentional with the life we've been given.

Read through other posts, too, and found that you've been on your 'perch' due to sickness, and I can identify with that. So glad to see that in more recent posts, your health seems to have been returning. PTL!

I'm going to follow your blog to keep up with your progress in the Journey Home,

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