Today I watched an amazing story on the Today show. It was about a daughter who filmed her father/daughter wedding day dance a little early. Her father is dying from pancreatic cancer, so before he passed they created this memory even before she had a fiancé. The reporter’s closing line was “When it comes to making memories, why wait?”
After drying my tears, I thought for a few moments about the missed memories I did not stop long enough to create. What amazing conversations did I miss when driving my kids to school? What was that song playing when I met the man to be my partner in life? What was my daughter wearing when she announced that she would be a college graduate? When life is going too fast we need to slow it down and take time to make a memory.
In the song Make A Memory, Bon Jovi sings “Wanna steal a piece of time?” What a great definition! The idea is that we can’t stop time but capture it and relive the moment again in the future. You don’t need a camera, although pictures can help. You don’t have to journal either, but written words make recall easier.
Making a memory is done by simply living in the moment. Don’t worry about tomorrow or contemplate yesterday's regret. Be present... here and now. Share time with another person; it makes two memories - double the fun.
James 4:14 What do you know about tomorrow? How can you be so sure about your life? It is nothig more than a mist that appears for only a little while before it disappears.