The Listening Heart ~ A Moment to be Real

It is truly a blessing to have a life that is full, but there are moments when the reality of life hits you in your heart and forces you to stop and pay attention. I just experienced a day like that.

I was going along and focusing on planning 2020 with purpose, goals and clear vision. I have been sharing with you about being intentional, eliminating bad habits and establishing good habits, and the value that is added to the lives around us when we do these things. We even

need to schedule planned times of rest and recreation if they are to happen, but understand that plans sometimes are changed, and we need to learn how to be flexible and adaptable. I do believe that and will continue to put that into practice, but there is more to our lives than that.

I just found out in a very odd way, that my childhood friend passed away in May 2018, just two days after her 57th birthday. She lived across the street from me and was the very first friend that I ever had! We shared birthday parties, slumber parties, playing barbies on our porches, summer days swimming in our neighborhood pool, summer night games with our neighbors, and so much more! I have so many happy childhood memories that she and her family were part of! By the time I was in third grade and she was in fourth, her family moved to another city nearby. We continued to get together but eventually we grew apart. I always counted her one of my friends. She eventually moved across country and built a great life that kept her family close to her heart and her friends in contact. I don’t know all of the ins and outs, ups and downs, joys and sorrows of her life, but what I do know is that my heart was very sad to have learned about her passing. Even now, tears cloud my eyes as I read her obituary.

It made me stop and think about the quality that we make of the pieces of this life that we have been given. Some of us may have more pieces than others that may have been cracked, broken loose, or shattered because of hard life experiences. Some of us have more time (quantity) than others - but we all can make the most of each day! Each of us is responsible to use those pieces in the time that we have to build a life that reveals love, joy, beauty, peace, purpose, and good things to those around us, wherever we may find ourselves. No one else is responsible for our life pieces, so it doesn’t serve us to compare ourselves with others.

What is my point? Life passes by so quickly. The season of life that you are in right now will not last forever, even though it may seem like it will! Everything on this side of heaven is in a constant state of change and cannot be controlled or counted on to be here for our tomorrows - except for God. He changes not! He is the same yesterday, today, and FOREVER! The constancy that we desire is found only in Him! This is why I have run to Him with all of my questions and feelings in this particular moment - He is not bound by any measurement of time or space like I am. He is the only One with the answers that I need. The thing is, He is the Author and Maker of ALL creation and holds everything together. He fully understands not only why I struggle but will teach me how to get through it without making everyone around me miserable.

So I ask Him, what am I supposed to learn from the passing of my friend?

The answer is this:

The quantity of time we have been given is a gift FROM Him!

The quality by which we live it, is our gift TO Him!

My friends, live well and love much because our days are numbered!