“Consider the dash between when you were born and when you will die and live it well,” my pastor challenged as he closed his message Sunday morning.
Like him, I want to make my dash count. I don’t always succeed. But as I thought about the challenge, a popular slogan came to mind.
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
That sounds good, but I think it’s misleading when you consider Ecc 8:15. “A man has nothing better under the sun than t eat, drink, and be merry; for this will remain with him in his labor all the days of his life.”
In other words, if I measure life by breathtaking moments, I miss the wonder of ordinary moments. Let’s face it. Eating, drinking and breathing seems pretty ordinary, but nothing is further from the truth. Each of these are vital to life.
Success isn’t vital to life.
A big house isn’t vital to life.
Riches, popularity or honor are not vital to life.
Consider king Solomon. He had it all! He said, “I have not withheld from my heart any pleasure.” His life was anything but ordinary. I’m sure he experience some breathtaking moments. Yet, he concluded, “It was all meaningless.”
I think Solomon’s message to us is to find enjoyment in the ordinary things. Doing life by eating, drinking and being merry with our family, friends and neighbors is what matters most. Bigger isn’t always better. More isn’t always greater. Busier doesn’t make us important. There is nothing miraculous in those things. But every breath you and I take is a miraculous miracle!
Rather than looking for meaning in breathing taking moments, I want to find meaning in every breath and make every breath meaningful. And perhaps I just might live well between the dash.