Sunday, March 6, 2016

Celebrate This Heartbeat



The older I get the more precious time becomes. This morning as I was walking from my condo to my parking place, I realized I was cursing the amount of time it was taking me to get there. Minutes matter. I love life and I find that I don’t want to waste a single second; but, what does it mean to waste time?

Is down-time wasted time? When I watch a movie; when I sleep; when I make food; are these wasted moments? No, of course not! Perhaps it is those moments that we don’t enjoy that are the wasted moments. I have no trouble working hard, playing hard, or relaxing hard. I guess what I want to avoid is the moments that I do not enjoy. But even then, I realize that when I am visiting a loved one in the hospital or going through the grief of the death of a friend, I can make the most of these moments and even enjoy them at a certain level. I am remembering the memories of better times; I enjoy the sweet moments we have as life gets hard and the body hangs in the balance between this world and the next.

It comes down to this, I want to celebrate each hour; each minute; each second; each and every heartbeat. If I can live in such a way that even the moments walking from my condo to my car are celebrated, redeemed, and made significant, then my life will truly be good. It is about gratitude for each heartbeat; about choosing to enjoy moments rather than waiting for enjoyment to come. Give me a few weeks of seeking to live this way and I will let you know how it is going. In the meantime, listen to these words by Randy Stonehill.


I'm gonna celebrate this heartbeat
Cause it just might be my last
Everyday is a gift from the Lord on high
And they all go by so fast

I'm not shy, I won't hide
The happy way I feel inside
There's a love light shining down on me
And it's true, I can't lie
There is more to life than meets the eye
So I want to live each moment faithfully, yeah

I'm gonna celebrate this heartbeat
Cause it just might be my last
Everyday is a gift from the Lord on high
and they all go by so fast
So many people drifting in a dream
I only want to live the real thing
I'm gonna celebrate this heartbeat
And keep movin' on
Look toward tomorrow cause the past is gone

If I laugh, it's no crime
I've got great news on my mind
It's a hope that never fades way
Now I don't understand
All the mysteries of the master plan
But I'm sure the Master does
So that's okay, yeah

I'm gonna celebrate this heartbeat
Cause it just might be my last
Everyday is a gift from the Lord on high
And they all go by so fast
So many people drifting in the night
(Lonely people in the night)
I'm gonna keep the Morning Star in sight, alright
Celebrate this heartbeat and keep movin' on
Look toward tomorrow cause the past is gone

This world is in so much trouble
All of the sadness can break you down
But if you're ever going to change it
You must show them the love you've found

Hey now, everyday is a gift from the Lord on high
And they all go by so fast
So many people drifting in a dream
(Find the life that love can bring)
I only want to live the real thing
I'm gonna celebrate this heartbeat
And keep movin' on
Look toward tomorrow cause
The past is gone
I said the past is gone
Yeah, you know the past is gone
Oh yeah, oh, the past is gone
Movin' on

Written By Randy Stonehill
© Copyright 1984 by Stonehillian Music & Word Music (a division of Word, Inc.) (ASCAP)

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