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11/06/2006

LIVE FULLY

I reluctantly watched Kyle's film last night on the long plane ride home from California. The film makers sent it to me a couple weeks ago and I've been scared to watch it - scared to grieve all over again.

I was surprised and pleased though at how not melodramatic and not sad it was - to be either of those things would not reflect who Kyle truly was. Instead, the film is two short films in one: The first using the words from Kyle's final unpreached sermon and images to inspire viewers to live fully. The second compiles video and snapshots of Kyle's life, provided by his family, chronicling his years from his own birth to the births of his three children, again inspiring viewers to live fully.

So I'm about to walk into my kitchen and pour bowls of cereal. Then I'll get my kids dressed for the day and then we'll build a fort out of couch cushions and blankets or jump in a pile of leaves or swing at the park or paint and color together. And hopefully get a few squeezes and kisses and conversations with Becky along the way. I've worked all weekend. Today's my day off and I'm living it fully.

What does that mean for you today?

10 Comments:

Blogger Another Shade of Grey said...

Good advice. Thanks for sharing.

11/06/2006  
Anonymous keith said...

I'm gonna go buy some chips outta the snack machine.

11/06/2006  
Blogger Brody Harper said...

I'm finally home.

11/06/2006  
Blogger Mustard Packet Pelter said...

I'm gonna force myself to go to class at 3 then chapel tonight and then force myself to go and do homework after that for class tomorrow. Not because I don't want to it's just a little difficult walking around in the cold with a twisted ankle and two knees that act like they belong to a 99 year old instead of a 22 year old. I'm tired, real tired but I'm pushing myself to get through today because tomorrow will be better...I'm pretty sure.

Oh wait I forgot I do have something really happy to be about...I finally got the 7th season of MacGyver heeheehee let the good times roll!

11/06/2006  
Blogger Another Shade of Grey said...

Thanks for the comment and the praise. I rip off, I mean, "get inspired" by lots of people as well. Inhabit's style is very simple and clean. I like it. I listened to your music. Good stuff. Really.

11/06/2006  
Blogger Kat said...

My daughter was in the same class with Kyle's twins last year and I see his wife and the kids around town quite a bit. It sobers me every time.

We lose life when we focus on the minutia, when we complain, when we focus on what we don't have rather than what we do have. I think the secret to living life fully is to constantly look for things to be thankful about.

If I'm upset with my husband about something, I want to remember to be thankful that I have my husband. If my children are driving me crazy with questions or whining, I want to be thankful for those small hands and sweet kisses.

In any situation we can find something to complain about, but it's also true that in any situation we can find something for which we can be thankful.

I think life is found in a thankful heart.

Thanks for the reminder and the challenge.

11/06/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

I've only recently begun turning a corner in this area of living - the thankful area, kat. I'm naturally, or by nurture maybe, or both more likely, a cynic. I've just recently consciously began stopping myself from verbalizing or writing out my negative thoughts - which are more often about myself and my life than about everyone else - but I definitely have plenty to spend on everyone else too.

Odd how just not speaking them has made them shrink. And finding something positive to write or say about everyone and situation (or just saying nothing) has caused me to notice those things more easily.

I have far to go for sure. My brain still spews more critique and venom than I want everyone to know. But the more I disciple myself not to feed that tendency the more truly content I'm becoming - the more fully I feel I'm living. Now the aim is consistency. To consistently live this way everyday.

Someday.

11/06/2006  
Anonymous hollybird said...

I learned the lesson of thankfulness from a client. His parents beat him, then abandoned him. His first foster home neglected and abused him. His second foster home consisted of an older child who sexually abused him. He is finally in a good and loving environment for the first time in his 7 years. And do you know what he had to say about all of that? He looked me right in the eye, and said "They may have not been real nice, but I have gotten to meet more people than most other 7 year olds in the world". He knows what thankfulness really is! He took even the bad and chose to see the good. I was, and am, humbled by his innocence. My prayer is that I become more childlike in my thankfulness and every other part too. Good post. thanks for sharing.

11/06/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

What is you do, hollybird?

11/07/2006  
Anonymous hollybird said...

I am a certified psychiatric nurse for a child and adolescent outpatient mental health clinic. It's a calling, and I am blessed to work with such a wonderful population. I see everyday the effects of what a simple act of kindness and love can do in the life of someone who has never experienced it. There is nothing else I could ever imagine doing.

11/07/2006  

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