Today is the last full day of our families miniature Christmas vacation. 12 of us decided to commodore a cabin near Lake of the Ozarks for a few days. The trip seemed to be timed perfectly! Due to bad weather the kids missed no school. Zack’s basketball game got cancelled. My office was closed due to the poor driving conditions. Everything was falling into place for a small window of escapement from reality!
The cabin was perfect, just outside of the hustle and bustle of Branson, and provided a great view of the Lake of the Ozarks. The fireplace was warm, cozy, and inviting. The huge wood supply supported a constant flame that mesmerized you to calm down, relax, take you shoes off, and enjoy the moment.
These moments are unique in most lives. The crazy, never-ending, grinding of life takes full control over our lives if we can’t learn to enjoy life for the moment. These few days have opened my eyes to see that these moments can be found in other places besides a natural crackling fire.
Life is fast, tiresome, and relentless but gifts of life are what keep priorities in perspective. Consistently reminding ourselves that Christ relentlessly pursues us with his love is refreshing! I mean “real love,'” not love you can find on the inside flap of a hallmark card, or love that a girl feels when being proposed to with a 2.5 carrot diamond. I mean a love that would endure a world of torture and neglect only to find the repayment of the cross. It is because of the love that Christ shows us that we can enjoy the life that he has blessed us with.
There are many moments that are full of life that we neglect to interpret as such. For instance, a son wanting to be just like his father. Watching four young boys dressed up in the exact same pj’s running around with no cares is a joy that many people don’t learn to love until they don’t have it anymore. The small funny things, the coincidental things, the rough times, every moment in life carries a lesson that should aways end in love. We have the ability to pay attention and enjoy life or let it pass with the mundane cataclysm of everyday. The choice is yours!