While (re)reading Brennan Manning's, Ragamuffin's Gospel, I came across this quote from Erma Bombeck, from her column entitled, "If I Had My Life to Live Over Again". She says,
"I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded. I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains. I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime. When my child kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, 'Later. Now get washed up for dinner.' There would have been more I love yous, more I'm sorrys, but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see it, live it, and never give it back."
Isn't that amazing?
Now let us live this way.
When the kids won't stay in bed.
When your toddler is throwing food on the floor.
When all your roommate wants to do is jump around.
When you feel a compliment on your lips.
When you close your eyes tonight:
Ask God to show you how to be in these moments.