Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Days We Are Given Are Gifts From Above

One of our pastors at Fellowship Church passed away this weekend. His name was Jimmy York and he died of a massive heart attack at the age of 33. He is with his Heavenly Father now but he has left behind a wife and two young children who will face a long hard road ahead of them. Please keep them in your prayers. Jimmy was an awesome guy. Stuart and I have had the pleasure of attending a class that he was leading at our church. He was a genuine person with a true calling and passion for teaching the love of Christ.

Times like this make those of us left behind think about where our life is and what we have made of it. I can't help but think about what my husband and children would remember most about me if I were gone tomorrow. Would it be that I had the house picked up or that I played at the park with my children? Would it be that I kept my blog up to date or that I snuggled on the couch with my husband? Are we spending our days on mundane things that don't make a difference when we are gone? Or are we treasuring each moment with our loved ones, making sure that they know how much we care about them and making a memorable difference in their lives?

I heard this song by Superchick on the radio earlier this week and it got me thinking about all of this. It's called We Live. Check out the lyrics and think about your own life...

There's a cross on the side of the road
Where a mother lost a son
How could she know that the morning he left
Would be the last time she'd trade with him for a little more time
So she could say she loved him one last time
And hold him tight
But with life we never know
When we're coming up to the end of the road
So what do we do then
With tragedy around the bend?

We live we love
We forgive and never give up
Cuz the days we are given are gifts from above
And today we remember to live and to love

We live we love
We forgive and never give up
Cuz the days we are given are gifts from above
And today we remember to live and to love

There's a man who waits for the tests
To see if the cancer has spread yet
And now he asks, "So why did I wait to live till it was time to die?"
If I could have the time back how I'd live
Life is such a gift
So how does the story end?
Well this is your story and it all depends
So don't let it become true
Get out and do what we were meant to do

We live we love
We forgive and never give up
Cuz the days we are given are gifts from above
And today we remember to live and to love

We live we love
We forgive and never give up
Cuz the days we are given are gifts from above
And today we remember to live and to love

Waking up to another dark morning
People are mourning
The weather in life outside is storming
But what would it take for the clouds to break
For us to realize each day is a gift somehow, someway?
So get our heads up out of the darkness
And spark this new mindset and start to live life cuz it ain't gone yet
And tragedy is a reminder to take off the blinders
And wake up and live the life we're supposed to take up
Moving forward with all our heads up cuz life is worth living

We live we love
We forgive and never give up
Cuz the days we are given are gifts from above
And today we remember to live and to love

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