2 Sundays ago, while I sat in Southland's sevice for only the 2nd time ever they read a part of a sermon from a Pastor named Kyle Lake. His sermon actually was very prophetic. Before he had the chance to give his sermon that day, in a freak baptism accident he was electrocuted. Doctors in his congregation tried to revive him, but he was dead instantly. His words that he had written for the morning...WOW. I had tried googling his name all week to find the words...I for some reason couldn't find them. (turns out it was becuase I was one letter off on his last name) My plan last Sunday was to ask the pastor after service what his name was so that I could read and reread and reread what he had to say. I didn't have to ask...They used the same passage again just because of how powerful it is. If you are a devout Christian who is in services mulitple times a week, a person who renounces God, or somewhere in between YOU should read this. It's AMAZING!
"Live. And Live Well.
BREATHE. Breathe in and Breathe deeply.
Be PRESENT. Do not be past. Do not be future. Be now.
On a crystal clear, breezy 70 degree day, roll down the windows and FEEL the wind against your skin. Feel the warmth of the sun.
If you run, then allow those first few breaths on a cool Autumn day to FREEZE your lungs and do not just be alarmed, be ALIVE.
Get knee-deep in a novel and LOSE track of time.
If you bike, pedal HARD… and if you crash then crash well.
Feel the SATISFACTION of a job well done—a paper well-written, a project thoroughly completed, a play well-performed.
If you must wipe the snot from your 3-year old’s nose, don’t be disgusted if the Kleenex didn’t catch it all… because soon he’ll be wiping his own.
If you’ve recently experienced loss, then GRIEVE. And Grieve well.
At the table with friends and family, LAUGH. If you’re eating and laughing at the same time, then might as well laugh until you puke. And if you eat, then SMELL. The aromas are not impediments to your day. Steak on the grill, coffee beans freshly ground, cookies in the oven.
And TASTE. Taste every ounce of flavor. Taste every ounce of friendship. Taste every ounce of Life. Because-it-is-most-definitely-a-Gift."
Now, if that's not good stuff, I don't know what is.