Somewhere in my past, I remember my parents trying to soothe the minor squabbles and conflicts of childhood with the phrase “Life’s Too Short!” I remember wanting to stomp my feet, thinking that they just did not understand how important the issue was to me. I suppose they were trying to get me to look at the bigger picture, and to understand that some things were not as important as I might think. They were right, of course! “Life’s Too Short!”
I think about this phrase a lot these days, understanding how very true it is. Only now it has a more profound meaning for me. As I began to come to terms with the fact that my time on this earth is not infinite (something that never occurred to me when I was 16 or 26 or maybe even 40), I began to think about many things in my life. I wonder if you think about these things, as well?
I would like to share one thought with you on this first day of May. As a pastor I sometimes hear people say: if only . . . if only I had said . . . if only I hadn’t said . . . if only I had made this choice . . . if only I had had taken another path. I bet you have heard this phrase as well. My response to this phrase on this first day of May is this: “Life’s Too Short” for If Onlys.
One of my favorite writers, John O’Donohue says it much better:
May all that is unforgiven in you
May your fears yield
Their deepest tranquilities.
May all that is unlived in you
Blossom into a future
Graced with love.
To Bless the Space Between Us
As children of God we are called to live Holy and Joyful Lives! Created in God’s image, we are called to be a reflection of the Love of Christ in all that we do and all that we are. That’s good news on any day, and a great reminder for us, that in spite of all the mistakes and the missteps that we have made, and all the If Onlys we might utter, God’s intention for us is to blossom into a future graced with love!
I hope that this short piece by John O’Donohue will inspire you to let go of anything that might be keeping you from that Holy and Joyful life that God so longs for you to have. Be gentle with yourself. You are one of a kind! God’s own Child!