Many of us love witty one-liners, especially those that are inspiring and memorable. I have a few favourite ones, such as “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”. This quote may sound clichéd to some people, especially if they occasionally receive mass emails from well-meaning friends and acquaintances, sharing PowerPoint presentations that feature captivating photographs captioned by words of encouragement, including this particular quote.
I remember the first time I read this quote at the end of an inspirational PowerPoint presentation some years ago, I thought that it was an apt description of what life is all about. However, the quote did not immediately sink into my memory, perhaps because it is not a direct quotation from the Bible and I tend to pay less attention to anything that is not from the Bible. “After all,” I would reason to myself, “only the Bible is God-breathed and refreshes our spirits, unlike man’s words.”
Nevertheless, after having read this quote a number of times in inspirational PowerPoint presentations, I began to meditate on it, and I now see it as a revelation from the Lord that each day is a gift from Him. I also realise that a revelation does not have to be based on actual verses from the Bible. For example, Eugene Peterson’s quote “Learn the unforced rhythm of grace” is a paraphrase of Matthew 11:28-30.
Knowing that each day is a gift from God has changed my perspective of life. I am learning to cherish moments that bless my heart, such as the presence of my loved ones, or the beauty of nature around me, or simply “God-moments” – whether in my family, church or workplace – that remind me of the awesome love of my heavenly Father. My heart’s desire is to live a long, good life and experience heaven on earth on my way to heaven.