When Lindsey and Jamie, two of our granddaughters, were in high school, they competed in volleyball and softball. Lindsey was a sophomore when one of her coaches shared this inspirational message with her team:
"What’s exciting about life is that every morning offers a brand new day with unlimited possibilities.. Yesterday’s mistakes and regrets belong to yesterday. Today is a clean slate, a chance to start over, to do or become anything you want, a chance to go for it! So jump into life with both feet! Go forward, head held high, expecting the best . . . you may be surprised."
The coach’s message inspired Lindsey to prepare an essay on her philosophy of life in which she wrote:
"Another rule of mine is to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. This includes things like picking flowers, listening to the rain fall, building sand castles, looking for shapes in the clouds, star gazing, watching a child laugh, chasing butterflies and playing with a puppy."
The Gospels reveal that Jesus was aware of the simple things around him. In his parables, he speaks of rocky soil and good soil, thistles and mustard seeds, bread, wine, wheat and lost sheep. Jesus may not have stopped to smell the roses, but he obviously stopped to admire the lilies:
"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil or spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."
Recently, our son, Doug posted this quote from the famous golfer, Ben Hogan who would have approved of Lindsey’s essay:
"As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round."