“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Why does it take tragedy to open our eyes to the true value of life? What is it about this carnal nature that assumes the position of ‘death at a distance’, as though death and tragedy only happens to other people? How often does misfortune or calamity have to occur before we truly wake up and ‘see’ beyond the appetites of our fleshly tabernacle? In the big picture of living, if life is but vapor, then why do we so often waste our steam on things of little or no value? So quickly we forget we are more than just earthen vessels of flesh and blood. “We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.” (Stephen Covey)

Art Buchwald said, “The best things in life aren’t things.” The SOBERING REALITY is life is NOT about houses, lands, and material possessions. Life is not about all gaining, getting, and gathering, but life is about relationships. For what is a moment in life if that moment cannot be shared? The true value of living our life comes in the quality of our relationship with God, family, and friends. Though we seemingly know this, it also seems, from time to time, we must be reminded by the reality of life’s fragility. One moment you are caught up in the whirling seduction of the flesh and in the next moment you are twirling through the air watching your life pass before your eyes. “We cannot truly face life until we face the fact that it will be taken away from us.” (Billy Graham) None of us, no, not one of us has the promise of tomorrow. As a matter of fact, none of us has the promise of the next breath. And if this is true then there is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day. Every breath and every moment has value for these are the deep things that make up the day. I have heard it said that life is not about quantity but more about quality and many times I have witnessed how much quantity always seems to suffocate the quality.

We need to stop and take a moment and meditate on the true meaning and intent of this 365 day challenge  Is it to win the pot of gold at the end of rainbow? Is the challenge just being used to slim down and get ‘sexy’ so we can gain the attention of others? OR is there something bigger at stake…something that far outweighs the measurable pounds lost and the visual manifestation of a smaller version of you? The truth about the contest can only be found within the hidden motives of the person attempting the challenge. The saying, “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”, holds true here. I can tell you and encourage you to ‘see’ beyond the scale and into a reality that hides behind the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, but only you can search and truly see with your own heart. So it is true, we need to never forget this sobering reality…life is far more than anything we can see, touch, feel, hear, or taste. Job saw it and said this way, “Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.” (Job 31:6)