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Take the Time to Make Memories


I have to say that writing a blog while staying in Hawaii is absolutely amazing. Picture this. I have the ocean on my right and the luscious green hillside to my left. While I gaze, Andria lovingly delivers me a bowl of fresh Hawaiian fruit, filled with mouthwatering pineapple, watermelon and papaya. Folks this is heaven! This past week and a half has been glorious for us. I have never had so much fun in my whole life! Having the time to be together and the chance to leave work behind, cares behind and getting to escape the crazy pace of life has been so refreshing.  This has definitely been a trip that will go down in the memory books.

One thing for sure, being here has reminded me that we should always take time for at least two things in life:

  1. Ourselves
  2. Making memories

Disclaimer: Taking time for God is a given along with those you hold dear. I think however, that in order to be the best you there has to be blocks of time whereby you allow yourself to do just that – be you. It’s important to enjoy the person God made you to be and to allow yourself to enjoy the life He’s given us. It means we have to be okay with giving ourselves time outs. Time out to read. Time out for an activity we enjoy. Time out for just us. You and I both know that as life goes on, it has a crazy way of causing us to forget the things we once enjoyed.  Soon we find ourselves caught up with pleasing our job and others so much that if we’re not careful we slowly lose sight of ourselves. Add a few years of that and we lose perspective and eventually sight of who we really are. 

Luke 9:25 (New International Version)
What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? 

Secondly I think it’s important we take the time for making memories. Take time to enjoy your life and the journey. Make the most of every moment, both big and small. Put your imagination to work and come up with some creative ways to make the ordinary something worth remembering. I really don’t think we allow ourselves to do enough of this in life. It’s the moments we all remember the most. It’s amazed Andria and I out here at how many unhappy people we still manage to run into. I guess it’s possible to be in the midst of paradise and never enjoy an ounce of it. Just like it’s possible to be so blessed by God but never enjoy a day of it. All because you can’t see it. That’s what happens when we lose sight of ourselves and forget to make the most of what we’ve been given. 

This is your day! Enjoy it.
Pastor Shian

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