I was surprised to see that she was moving on, it had only been a year since her tragic loss. She was only an acquaintance really, a friend only on Facebook, but in some way I felt like I could assess, judge her decision.I subconsciously weighed her decision and perhaps judged her by it a little, but when I became aware of my judgmental attitude I took a moment to shift my perspective. I realized that tragedy often results in an awareness of our own mortality and with it an urgency to live life to the fullest.
We live in a world that shouts urgency from the rooftops, yet we often fail to live life with urgency. Living with urgency is no new concept to us; Horace coined the phrase Carpe Diem- Latin for Seize the Day- in 23 BC and we still use the phrase today. How many people do you know who actually seize the day? One? Two? Are you one of them? We look at those who seize the day and wish that we could be like them, yet we make no effort to actually live life with a sense of urgency.
I recently heard that the devils greatest tool is not hurt or need, but instead it is comfort. We like our comfortable, cushy American lifestyles and seizing the day might jeopardize our comfort, so instead we are content to trudge on in life never living it to the fullest. We are not guaranteed another minute on this earth, so l am going to live with urgency that I might come to the end of my life and hear “well done good and faithful servant!”
Psalm 39:4-5 “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.”