"I'll do that (volunteer, read, take a class, travel) when I retire."
The problem is, I've known people who didn't live long enough to even get to retirement. At my age, I think about how I want to spend my remaining time - I don't have enough of it left to waste!
Recently I read a devotional and prayer by Reverend Kenneth Samuels which made a lot of sense to me:
"For many of us, our best lives are always located in some distant place in the future. But what if our best life is ready to be lived by us today, in the here and now? Many of us are always reaching past our present and searching beyond our circumstances to find satisfaction. But what if this really is as good as it gets?
It could mean that God is present and active, not just in our planning for tomorrow, but in how we show up today. It could mean that a change for the better is much more dependent upon our present attitudes than our future aspirations. It could mean that the hope of what we've been promised is directly related to the potential of what we already have."
As traditional music ensembles end another year of singing and ringing, I know these musicians are ready to enjoy their moments of summer vacation and renewal. Friends, help another person, read that book, take that class, go visit that exotic or even new, local destination. Enjoy your life today! (And be sure to put Wednesday, August 29thon your calendars!)
"Lord beyond the joy of my destiny, please grant me real satisfaction along the journey . . . every day. Amen."