Photo by John Fischer
I’m not crazy about BonJovi, but the song “It’s My Life” gets stuck in my head and it doesn’t leave. One phrase speaks to me loudest. “Better stand tall when they’re calling you out. Don’t bend, don’t break, baby, don’t back down.” Isn’t this what life is about?
There were many years I spent being jealous of people who were dying. You heard me right. Pretty sick, huh? There’s something about knowing death is imminent that makes people start living. Aren’t we all dying every day? We are, but we choose to push it to the back of our minds as if we can avoid it if we don’t think about it.
Why do we wait until we come face to face with the reality of death to start living the way we knew we should’ve all along?
Why do we treat people who are dying, like it is ok to live the way they want now that their life is over, but treat people who simply decide to step out to change their life as if they have a screw loose?
We feel selfish trying to step out to do things we’ve always dreamed of. Write that book, start that business, learn to play an instrument etc.
We wait for years for someone to give us permission to live the life we’ve dreamed of and then we wake up one day and realize how much time we’ve wasted.
We get tied up in living life according to other people’s expectations.
We forget to live the life we’ve dreamed of; the life God has called us to.
We forget that we choose how we live.
There will be a day we will find out we were responsible all along. We are not called to live anyone else’s life; only the one we’ve been given. We are uniquely qualified to live above our circumstances. Our creator has designed our lives to teach us what we need to learn for the next life.
For over twenty-five years I dreamed of being a writer. I chose to listen to the dream stealers in my life. I took the easy way out and blamed it on my circumstances. After several years, I decided it was too late for me. Blah, blah, blah…
One day I was awakened. God told me to start living and stop waiting. He told me to stop dwelling on what was lost and take advantage of how He had blessed me.
In Joel 2:25 He says “I will repay the years the locusts have eaten…” We never get there until we decide to stop dwelling on the past.
We move forward. We step out in faith. We face our fears head on.
Are you going to start living today?