Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Breathing to death:

It seems like a cruel irony that the times when we most desperately need to step outside the circle of clamour in order to pause and examine are the very times when it feels most impossible to do so. Things can be so pressing -- one Thing, then another Thing, and another and another and another -- that it becomes easy to forget an even bigger Thing: that this is life, and we each get only one of them. Maybe it's hard because it's important. The most important stuff doesn't usually come easily.

There's a line in a song by Lecrae which says, 'I ain't living; I'm just breathing to death.' It gives me a little shiver, a shudder of kind of unfamiliar recognition -- like I'm on the verge of finally understanding something I should have known all along.

It's terrifying, this thought that it's possible to go through life without actually living. And I don't mean living in the floaty sense of I'm-just-going-to-spend-my-time-and-money-doing-whatever-I-can-that'll-make-me-feel-happy. I mean, sucking the marrow out of life while looking outward, facing out to the people we love and up to the Creator who made us. We owe it to him and we owe it to them to live fully and live well.

Just gotta work out how to turn down the noise occaisonally and actually do that. How do you strive to be more present -- more alive?

9 comments:

  1. YES. I have JUST been journaling about this. Journaling for the first time in months. The only way I ever seem to be able to turn it all down and be is by fostering the place of God's Word In my heart, and then creating reflect time. It's been a while, I should surely know how to do this better by now. It's stunningly easy to get caught up in the doing, even though I know better.

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    1. Yes to all of this. I'm glad you're carving out space in your life, though, for prayerful reflection. That sounds so good!

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  2. VERY thought-provoking. My life is feeling like this at the moment!

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    1. It seems to be an epidemic. We're all running around chasing our tails and struggling to catch our breath...

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  3. Oh! I think about this all the time, but could never analyse it like you have! You're incredible D :)

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    1. YOU are lovely. And isn't it cool when you've been pondering something, and then discover someone else has been thinking about the very same thing?

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  4. "We owe it to him and we owe it to them to live fully and live well."
    Amen to that!
    We owe our breath and our life to Him. To glorify Him with all we do. To worship Him in every way. To give our very best to Him! :) To serve Him wherever He has placed us.

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