March 25: How Many Sundays Left?
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It’s so easy to waste life. And we don’t waste life a decade at a time. We don’t waste life a week at a time, or a month at a time. We tend to waste life in moments.
It’s in those moments where we talk a lot about people’s lives changing. People will say to me, “Wow, that book really changed my life,” or “The work you guys are doing at Dynamic Catholic is really life changing.”
But when you think about it, people don’t change that much. Do you know anyone in your life who has really changed their life? Who has really said, “No, I’m fed up. I’m dissatisfied,” and gone on a radically different path? It doesn’t happen that often, and I think that it should happen more often than it does.
The reason it doesn’t happen is because we’re incredibly comfortable wasting life. We’re incredibly comfortable wasting an hour here, wasting a day there, wasting a week. And to get out of that thinking is very, very important. It’s the thinking of the champions. It’s the thinking of the saints.
Think about the Olympics. The difference between a gold medal and a silver medal can be a tenth of a second. They use that to motivate themselves. They use that to motivate themselves when they’re thinking, “Ugh, I don’t want to go to training today,” or “I don’t want to go to my third training for the day today. I feel like blowing it off. I feel like procrastinating.”
Think about how short life is and think about how long eternity is . . . Do we think about heaven? Do we think about eternity? Do we think about what moments in our lives make the difference between what matters most and what matters least? How will we see life differently when we’re on the other side? How will we regret the moments we wasted? Because we do waste life, and man, that is a tragedy. That is a tragedy.
Talk to someone who’s dying and ask them, “What would you give for another day? Another healthy day to do whatever you felt you wanted to do or needed to do . . . what would you give for that?” You ask that person, they know how important a life is. They know how important a day is.
That’s your day today. Go out and get it! Go out and get it. Do not waste a single moment today—just today. Don’t worry about tomorrow, or the next day, the next week, the next . . . just today.
Get out there, get a hold of life. Do not waste a single moment today.
Matthew Kelly, Resisting Happiness
Life is short. Never waste a day.
Based on actuarial estimates, how many Sundays do you have left? Count them.
God, I know every moment is a gift. Help me to break through resistance when I am tempted to waste the time you have given me.
Today’s personal reflection features Dynamic Catholic team member Sam Milroy. Sam is our event team leader, coming to us from Columbus, Indiana. Sam has been part of two 2-mile relays, will drink coffee 24 hours a day, and has four nieces and nephews.
If you had one Sunday left, what would you do?
Let us know in the comments!