I live on the beautiful Gulf Coast where fresh seafood is in abundance. The water is blue, the sand is white, and the fish are wild! This means there is ample supplies for one of my favorite culinary delights, sushi, and I often partake.
My wife will not eat it today, but there was a time early in our marriage when she actually gave it a try. Although I give her credit for giving it a shot, I must point out that she really did it all wrong. My beautiful southern belle bride would take a knife in one hand and a fork in the other and proceed to gruesomely destroy the sushi piece by cutting it in half! Now, any sushi aficionado knows this crucial fact: sushi is made to be eaten one piece at a time.
Our lives are a lot like Sushi. God created us for a specific rhythm. We were made to live a sushi life, one day at a time. Now before you blow me off as simply stating the obvious, let me assure you of my deep conviction that most of us are actually living life completely off beat. You see, this life rhythm isn’t just a physical reality. It must become a mental and spiritual reality as well. The battle for God’s rhythm in our lives is waged primarily internally.
We all have two things pulling against our God given rhythm; the past and the future. Like two bullies on the playground of our lives, they do a terrific job of snatching us back and forth causing the dance of our lives to become a mangled mess of missteps. Some get stuck in the past with guilt and regret or nostalgia and revisionism. Others get caught up in the future with worry and anxiety or control and presumption. Both sides to this viscous coin become extremely destructive to the life giving rhythm God made us to enjoy. Whether it the past or the future, both of which we can’t fully change and control, if we get consumed by either we end up robbing ourselves of the amazing gift of TODAY! Each sushi bite of a day is a gift God has given you and I to enjoy, maximize, and fully live.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting a series of blogs on this crucial subject. Join me in exploring what it means to live in the day by day rhythm that our Father created for us. Our lives can be so much more deep and full, but that cannot happen apart from God’s plan. I want to dance the dance of life, step by step and day by day. I want the same for you.
“Today is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24