Not Living, Simply Not Dying

As we are still in the midst of this pandemic, though there is a light at the end of the tunnel, I feel pressed to remind and encourage everyone to keep living.

For most of us, we’ve been stuck in this quarantined state, barely leaving our homes. For many, they are paralyzed by fear of this disease.

Yes, we are trying to stay safe, but in that have we forgotten to live?

Our family enjoys watching this cute kids movie called, “The Croods”. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it. The story revolves around a family of cavemen that are trying to survive the rough terrain of early living. The dad works really hard to keep his family safe, mostly by staying in a cave most of the time (replace cave with home and sounds familiar in our present culture, doesn’t it?) and only coming out when necessary. His big key factor is putting out fear. Fear that if they don’t follow the rules, they’re going to die. His daughter is one that is not letting the fear overtake her. She wants to be safe, but still live.

At a pivotal part in the movie, the father and daughter have a confrontation that brings a quote that is so good for our present age that I had to share. The dad is explaining to her that he was the one that was keeping them safe, keeping them alive. She retorts with these powerful words:

That wasn’t living, that was just not dying! There’s a difference!

I am not saying that we shouldn’t be cautious of this virus and take precautions, but we shouldn’t stop living in the process. Even while in quarantine, we need to keep living every day, not in fear, but with joy and expectation.

The Bible says it like this,

So teach us to number our days, that we may cultivate and bring to you a heart of wisdom.

Psalms 90:12 AMP

We only have one live to live. Just one shot at this and we can make the best of it, even from our homes. Living life to the fullest. Picking up a new hobby, finding joy in the little things. Treasuring more time with your family. Reaching out to people that you don’t talk to as often when caught in the rat race of usual busyness.

You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

James 4:14 ESV

Let us not go through this time, or any time for that matter, simply living not to die. Life is too important and too short for us to waste it. Look at every day for the blessing that it truly is.

Your life is meaningful, not just for you, but for those around you. For the love and joy that you can bring to others. The impact that can have upon our world and the hope it spreads!

In line with the 20/20 vision for the rest of our 2020 year, start off your day making this statement:

I choose to make the rest of my life, the best of my life!

It’s all about choice. Choose to live a life abundantly full, even within the present circumstances.

One last quote of encouragement for you before I sign off here.

Fill life with experiences to tell, not things to show

What experiences can you share during this time? For me, the extra time with my children has meant the world to me. Bike riding over my lunch break and playing bean bags and baseball in the yard have been such a treasure for me.

Find joy in the simple things.

Find beauty in the simplicity, even while in your home.

Don’t settle to live so you don’t die.

CHOOSE to live life fully, right where you are at!

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