Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Don't Wish Your Life Away

It might sound cliche by now, but it's a piece of wisdom that just won't die. A customer told me this one day at the drive-thru, and it stuck with me. Don't wish your life away!

We tend to spend our lives wishing for the next birthday, car, job, and education experience. When we're kids, we want to be adults so we can stay up all night and watch movies. When we hit 15, we're dying to be 16 so we can get our driver's license. When we graduate from high school, we can't wait to go to college and be "out on our own." When we're in college, we want to hurry up and graduate so we can go back home! When we graduate, we daydream about getting a job and bringing in the bacon. When we get a job, we wish we were retired... and when we finally retire, we sit back and wonder where all those years went so quickly!

Don't be like the many who wish they had just learned to enjoy the journey, not just the destination. There's nothing wrong with looking forward to the next season of life, but if you're not enjoying every moment God gives you, you're wasting your life! At some point in your childhood you wished you were the age you are right now. What are you doing now? Wishing you were married, having children, or putting your college degree to good use?

There is another old saying that reads, "Don't waste time; that is what life is made of." Dreaming is one thing, but wishing your life away is an entirely different matter. Instead of spending today thinking about what you'd rather be doing ten years from now, live today to its fullest capacity. Use it to glorify God and enjoy it just like you imagined it when you were a child.

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