Holding the high moments

Life’s high moments are some of the greatest treasures of life. Do we bank these, turning them into spiritual capital that truly impacts our lives? My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.

Life is full of high moments and low moments. Unfortunately, the low moments tend to be the more common and the high moments rarer. I’m a writer, so my high moments tend to be moments when I’ve found just the right word, put together the most impacting paragraph possible or finished an edit that I’ve been putting off for months. Your high moments may be quite different than mine, but we’ve all had them. There is a certain feeling when you’re standing on top of a high moment. At the apex of these moments, the creative air is clear and the sun is shining brightly on your day. There’s that “Ahhh” feeling when you’re there and the distinct yearning for it to last as long as possible.

Life’s high moments, when we feel better than our very best, are some of the greatest treasures of life. Do we bank these, turning them into spiritual capital that truly impacts our lives?

Here’s a story. The concert impresario, Sol Hurok, liked to say that Marian Anderson hadn’t simply grown great, she’d grown great simply. He says: “A few years ago a reporter interviewed Marian and asked her to name the greatest moment in her life. I was in her dressing room at the time and was curious to hear the answer. I knew she had many big moments to choose from. There was the night Toscanini told her that hers was the finest voice of the century. There was the private concert she gave at the White House for the Roosevelts and the King and Queen of England. She had received the $10,000 Bok Award as the person who had done the most for her home town, Philadelphia. To top it all, there was that Easter Sunday in Washington when she stood beneath the Lincoln statue and sang for a crowd of 75,000, which included Cabinet members, Supreme Court Justices, and most members of Congress. Which of those big moments did she choose? “None of them,” said Hurok. “Miss Anderson told the reporter that the greatest moment of her life was the day she went home and told her mother she wouldn’t have to take in washing anymore. She would treasure that moment close to her heart forever and make it the centerpiece of her talent and career.” (Alan Loy McGinnis in The Friendship Factor.)

John 12:36 states. “Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light.” What was Jesus saying here? Jesus, the Light of the world, is every Christian’s high moment. As Anderson made the knowledge that she would never have to take in wash again the lynch pin of her motivation to sing, so we ought to make the risen Savior the cornerpiece of our daily spiritual walk throughout the year. Remember that feeling you’ve always had on Easter morning, the one when you bask in the knowledge of a Risen Savior? High moments don’t get taller than that, do they? You and I need always guard against our natural proclivity to come down from the mountain of our spiritual ecstacy as soon as Easter has passed into Memorial Day weekend and early Summer vacation time. It’s easy to do if we become the least bit spiritually lazy as festival services end and the humdrum of Pentecost and Trinity season begin. This Easter deny yourself the privilege of craving the high moment; instead make it your goal to capture it and keep it hostage permanently.

We pray. Thank you Lord for affording us the ecstasy of Jesus Christ, our Risen Savior. Truly the spiritual capital his death and resurrection offers is the highest of spiritual moments in life. Forgive us when we fail to bank this capital, allowing it to slowing dissipate as the days pass and Easter becomes just another milestone next year. Help us Lord to keep the high moment of Easter before us and never in the rear view mirror of life. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)

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