Alive or Living?

This morning, I received some chilling news. That is, a former client of mine died this morning. He was 44 years young. I shot Ken’s wedding just last New Year’s Eve. He had a wife of one year and four days and a son of thirteen years. Ken was a reporter for a local news station and was moving to Tampa this morning to start a new job there, and out of nowhere, the future is now the past.

This struck something in my heart. James 4:14 says this, “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” We truly are not guaranteed tomorrow or the next five minutes. Each and every morning your eyes open to a new day, remember this, that first blink and breath is a gift. What will you do with your day? Will you just get up and go about your daily routine, oblivious to the seconds that tick away your opportunity to do so much more?

You see, it’s one thing to be alive, to exist, but it’s entirely different to be living. One definition of alive is to exist. On the contrary, living is defined as, the pursuit of a lifestyle! I don’t know about you, but i don’t want to just exist; rather, I desire to experience the lifestyle i was purposed to live, to impact the lives of those around me, and to experience the wonder of God’s creation. It starts right with you, with your attitude. Begin to appreciate the house you live in now, the car you drive now, the job you have now, the family you have. Things may not be exactly like you want, but they are not the way they could be, and that is something.

You have a purpose, a place, and you matter. Take a moment to re-visit the dream you had when you were twelve, or fifteen. That was God igniting your purpose. It’s never too late. It may require some courage, but your purpose is calling you today. None of us know when our time will expire. So, will you be found alive or having lived? Begin to seize your moments to make a difference, and to carry out what God placed you in this earth to do. It’s your time.

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