Live Well.

Today, I finished reading "The Gospel According to Lost" by Chris Seay. If you ever were or loved the show, need to read this book. It profoundly examines the Gospel through the lens of a culturally relevant moment. Chris closes the book with the final notes from a sermon of Kyle Lake, the late Pastor of University Baptist in Waco, Tx. Lake died tragically in a Baptism service at University Baptist not long before this book was published. Below are the closing notes from the sermon he would have preached that day.

Live. And Live Well. 

Breathe in and deeply. 
Be present. Do not be past. Do not be future. Be now. 

On a crystal clear, breezy seventy 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 be alarmed, just 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 that the Kleenex didn't catch it all...because soon he'll be wiping his own nose. 

If you've recently experienced loss, the grieve. And grieve well. 

At the table with friends and family, laugh. If you're eating and laughing at the same time, then you 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 ever ounce of flavor. Taste every ounce of friendship. 

Taste every ounce of life. Because it is most definitely a gift. 

(2005 Oct) 

Just wanted to share that with you, as it resonated deeply in my heart today.


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