Extraordinary Ordinary Life

Good morning!

I just finished engaging in one of my most beloved times of the year,  the At The Movies series at Lifechurch. Each campus is decorated larger than life  with a movie theme. There’s popcorn and candy, and each sermon revolves around a current movie for its content.

My favorite sermon this year involved a movie I had already seen and thoroughly enjoyed, About Time.

If you have not already had the privilege of viewing this movie, I’d highly recommend it.

It’s about time travel. Not the typical time travel flick, this one involves only the men of the family,  and they can only travel back in time, in their own lives.

It’s a very touching tale of love. Of the intertwining different kinds of love. Love between father and child. Love between husband and wife.

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I just love the quote from the main character, Tim,  “And in the end I think I’ve learned the final lesson from my travels in time; and I’ve even gone one step further than my father did: The truth is, I now don’t travel back at all, not even for the day. I just try to live every day as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life.”

If you could go back in time in your own life, what extraordinary day would you choose?

What would you change if you could go back and have do-overs?

If you could go back to any event in the history of time, what event would you choose ?

I’d probably say I’d go back to the births of my children.  What miraculous moments!

I’d go back to one of the last full days I spent alone with my mother. I had downsized homes, and we spent the afternoon sorting through my clothes.  How we laughed at the number of black and white polka-dot pieces of clothing I owned!

If I could have do-overs,  I’d say yes every time my mother called and asked to see me, asked for help with something.  I’d give anything for a few more minutes spent in her presence.  I’d spend more time engaging with my family, loving them for who they are, less time trying to change them to what I wanted them to be. I’d rewind every time I lost my temper and take back every mean and unkind thing I ever said or did to hurt another human being.

If I could go back to any event in time, I’d give anything to be there with Mary and Martha, and sit in the presence of Jesus and just hear him speak. I’d so be with Mary, absorbed in the relationship rather than the details of the meal preparation.

Our time here on earth is fleeting. Unfortunately,  we are not afforded the privilege of going back in time. We have one, and only one, shot at this journey called life.

Let’s all try and make every ordinary day in our lives extraordinary!  Let’s live life to its fullest!  Like it was the last full final day of our lives.

Let’s put our hope in the Lord.  Let’s live according to His will for our lives, not just our own selfish desires and ambitions. Let’s let go of going back in time with the should haves and could haves in our lives. We have been forgiven, washed clean, thanks to Jesus. Let’s let Him make extraordinary out of our ordinary lives. It’s about time.

4 “Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.
5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath. “Selah”
6 Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.
7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.
Psalm 39:4-7

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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