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Monday, December 3, 2012

It Truly Is a Wonderful Life


Confession: I'm sometimes bored with my life.

Things can seem dull and monotonous. And just normal. And, like pretty much everyone else in the world, I sometimes long for something better than normal. I sometimes forget to really live my life. I sometimes don't live the moment. Sometimes I dread the everyday kinds of things, like washing dishes, changing diapers, and cleaning out the refrigerator. And instead, I live a what if-kind of world. I live and think about what I wish would be, when I should be living and thinking what really IS.

We take so much for granted. Home, family, food, children, music, laughter, books to read; it's all just normal for us, so we forget that it is far from normal for some.

You don't know what you have, until it's gone. . .
GK Chesterton once said it in a more poetic way: "The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost."

Like Clarence said, in It's a Wonderful Life, "Strange isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"Normal life is amazing. Each of us is so necessary. And we each fit just exactly where God has placed us, each a crucial piece in the puzzle; one piece is missing and the puzzle looks incomplete. That's the way things were made to be.

So stop looking around for a better spot, a better place to be, another life to live. You have to live your life. And it's a wonderful life. So live it well. You only get one chance. Savor your chapter of the story and your place in the puzzle; your moment on the stage. Don't spend your time envying someone else's part, because then that envy will become your part.

Life is fierce and hard to catch sometimes; at others, it is calm, soft, still. We don't know what tomorrow will be like. It's a mystery we can only discover by living it. Life is risky, yes, but that's part of the deal.
There's no rewind button. Time only moves forward. It's our choice, really, whether we see a beautiful and dangerous story that we are all a part of. . . or whether we see just another boring, typical day. And I don't know about you, but, to me, the first option sounds a bit more exciting.




8 comments:

  1. Wow Allie.
    This is amazing!!
    Not only is this really convicting but you phrase it all so wonderfully. you're a great writer!
    Love ya!!
    ~Laken

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    1. Thank you so much, Laken! You are so encouraging! :)

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  2. You put it really well, Allie. It is very hard to be thankful for and content with daily life unless we see that it has a purpose.

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  3. Love this, Allie. Especially the line where you said "envy will become your part" and "stop looking around for a better spot." That's very true, and such a great way to put it. This is exactly what I needed to hear today. :)

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! I'm so glad to hear that! :)

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  4. Beautifully said, Allie! Very convicting, especially some of your closing words: "There's no rewind button. Time only moves forward. It's our choice, really, whether we see a beautiful and dangerous story that we are all a part of. . . or whether we see just another boring, typical day."

    (This theme reminds me a lot of the one of my favorite authors, Wendell Berry...someone who occupies the same sphere of Paradise as Chesterton and Lewis)

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    1. Thanks so much, Mr Martin!!

      And yes! Wendell Berry is another one of our favorites too :)

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