Photography by Matt Wyatt

Capturing the Moment

We’ve all experienced a train stop. Some are longer than others. Some happen when we are running late and others when your wife is in labor. (It’s seriously happened. Google it.) You get that trapped feeling, as you sit there waiting in agony. However, this particular time we decided to do something different.

I found myself and a few teenagers doing laps around our parked car. It was a spur of the moment Chinese fire drill. For the cars in front of us and behind us we were “those people.” We were weird, strange, crazy, and we knew we had to get in our car the second the train finished crossing or else we would be called far worse. In that moment, as the wind blew in our faces, and the heaviness in our chest turned to laughter in our bellies, we were free. We had captured the moment, turning dread into an adventure.

Ephesians 5:16 tells us to make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.

The tag line for the latest coming of age movie, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is “we are infinite,” but the truth is life isn’t infinite.It keeps ticking on no mater what we choose to do with our moments. Indeed time is not on our side.   This is an easy concept for adults. We don’t need reminders of life’s pressures and illness. While we as adults remind young people that sadly we are not infinite (at least not here on Earth) and encourage them to work towards the things they want to accomplish now, instead of when they get older, there is so much we can learn from them about having fun and making the most of every moment. Let’s listen because somewhere along the way as we realize life is short, we also tend to forget how to make the most of it.


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