Pictures on the Wall

PicturesI have a lot of pictures on the walls of my office. I have a lot of sentimental stuff in my office as well, stuff collected over the years of living life with people (students, families, individuals, teams, etc…). All of them tell a story about people, places, times, victories, and tragedies. All of them are a relic of the past, a license to remember, permission to go back to yesterday!

This week I saw a video of my little 2-year-old son Ian in his Sunday School class. His teachers had some great music playing and he was “cutting a rug” for sure! He gets his moves from his mother, his great looks from his mother… (well––never mind). As I watched this 2 minute video, I thought to myself, “Wow, this is awesome!” I was watching my little Sport live his life to the fullest! He was enjoying it so much, just loving his life!

What if we could somehow put live video feeds up on our walls and replace the static glimpses of the past? What if we could let go of yesterday and let the present be the smile and nod of a great moment; not a memory that we long to go back to? What if the dream of the future was more important than the fading glimpse of yesterday?  What if the rearview mirror was not the portal that we looked through, but we stared with confidence into the wide open windshield of today and tomorrow?

Jesus, said in John 10:10, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them life and have it abundantly.”

I wonder if too often in our lives we stare at the past and desire to go back? Is that a trick from the enemy to become stagnant and not live life going forward instead of grabbing the promise of Christ to have life and have it abundantly?

Now in the spirit of full disclosure, I will not be going to bare walls in my home or office yet. I will, however, be looking much more intently on finding those moments in life that bring joy and teach me to live a life that is abundant––that teach me to dance! I really can’t dance, but I can and I want to enjoy the moments I have just like Ian! Way to teach your dad, son! I Love You Sport!

Vicki Corona: “Remember that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away!” Dancing can do that for you!