When is enough, enough? Think about your life and reflect. I read this morning that "Life makes sense backwards, but we have to live it forwards." What at the moment are you craving: True love, money, a dream job, a nice vacation, more plants, your partner to read your mind, to not be sick, to beat an addiction, a boat, no bills, no wrinkles, better body attributes, a maid, to be able to run like a deer, your parents to be forever young, or just rest and time to be with no schedule? Everyone has a void that we need filled. That void can make you wish your life away or dwell on the past. There is simply no easy way out of this world. This world can be so, so cumbersome.
One idea or habit I have pushed into my high school religious class students' minds is to be in the moments of your lives. I was in a "life moment" last night. I witnessed it at Dyersburg High School's spring concert and by the way, they rocked the house. Thank you to our own personal "Mr. Holland," Chris Davis. I always see the students of my past teaching career performing. I watched with amazement as each group had matured so much and flourished. My heart literally squeezes in my chest when I attend these performances. As I scanned the risers, my focus landed on the seniors, my seniors, and my mind became full of images of each one and their journeys. I saw the camaraderie of them and their unit they had built: the class of 2016. They danced, they held hands, they ushered the lower class mates into the spotlight with them, and they were in the moment. They were embracing the present. My heart and mouth sang along with them.
As I closed my eyes and immersed myself into the waves of the music, my eyes filled with tears of happiness. The last song they performed was, "Somebody to Love." The lyrics are so fitting. Indulge me while I paraphrase the lyrics to fit our lives. We wake up tired to the bone. We do pray, "Lord, why?" as tears fall from our eyes. We do work so, so hard and some days are just a bust. We get bad news; we don't triumph in elections by our peers or get that recognition we need. People do put us down and make us feel worthless. We do feel crazy like water is in our brains. Nobody dares believe in us, and we can find no one to believe. Sometimes we feel we've got no rhythm and we do lose our beat. But what do we do? We break out of the prison cells of our minds and find love that was there all the time. Just like Freddie Mercury and Madison Funderburk belted as they sang, "I ain't gonna face no defeat, and one day I'm gonna be free!"
My moral is that you can only find happiness in the present moments and never give up. We are all weak. That's how God created us. We aren't omnipresent. We are fragile creatures with wonderful potential. We only need to fill our voids with the one who is omnipresent. We all have voids or weaknesses; that's a given. Meet yours head on and embrace it. Your homework, my students, is to read 2 Corinthians 12:10 and break free!