live. and live well.

two weekends ago a young pastor from waco texas, kyle lake, was killed in an unfortunate accident at his church.
kyle never got a chance to share his message with his congregation that night at university baptist.
his notes were on the pulpit, ready for him to speak in the evening meeting, but he never got to share what was on his heart.
below is the conclusion of his message, may his last written words inspire your life today.

'Live. And Live Well.
BREATHE. Breathe in and Breathe deeply. Be PRESENT. Do not be past. Do
not be future. Be now.
On a crystal clear, breezy 70 degree day, roll down the windows and
FEEL the wind against your skin. Feel the warmth of the sun.
If you run, then allow those first few breaths on a cool Autumn day to
FREEZE your lungs and do not just be alarmed, be ALIVE.
Get knee-deep in a novel and LOSE track of time.
If you bike, pedal HARD… and if you crash then crash well.
Feel the SATISFACTION of a job well done—a paper well-written, a
project thoroughly completed, a play well-performed.
If you must wipe the snot from your 3-year old’s nose, don’t be
disgusted if the Kleenex didn’t catch it all…
because soon he’ll be wiping his own.
If you’ve recently experienced loss, then GRIEVE. And Grieve well.
At the table with friends and family, LAUGH.
And if you eat, then SMELL. The aromas are not impediments to your day.
Steak on the grill, coffee beans freshly ground, cookies in the oven.
And TASTE. Taste every ounce of flavor.
Taste every ounce of friendship.
Taste every ounce of Life.
-kyle lake


Peter Antonius said…
beautiful. makes you think.
Anonymous said…
Prich said…
"And TASTE. Taste every ounce of flavor.
Taste every ounce of friendship.
Taste every ounce of Life.

Those lines at the end are what really caught my attention because everything within the world is a gift, especially things like life and friendship. We take it for granted so often, and then our death can come and snatch us up before we have a chance to truly live and appreciate everything that God has created for us. Just to sit back in the warm summer air or to play in the pure white snow during the winter, everything is a blessing. I hope to taste every once of life: the sweet, the sour, the bitter, and the salty, until the day that I can taste no more.

RIP Kyle and enjoy an eternity of peace.

One Love,
Meggios said…
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Meggios said…
His message reminds me of one of my favorite songs. It's Coldplays' song "Don't Panic" and talks about how we live in a beautiful world. I think so many of us are afraid to really take a step back from our daily dramas, to see the small simplistic beautiful things that this world has to offer. How often is it that we wake up early enough to see a new sunrise (that is different in every way from all the others)? How many times do we tell our loved ones that we really do love them, because it may be our last.
Tracy said…
Very inspiring! Too often we complain about things or we are too busy caught up in the hectic schedule of life to stop and truly take it in. There is so much beauty out there if we just stop to look for it. The little things are too often neglected. I am glad that he wrote this and that you shared it... it's very "Carpe Diem."
dreams&tears said…
life is in the simple things...
Vicky said…
I really needed that right now.
Thank you & may kyle RIP <33
sj. said…
wow. thats awesome.
Thought provoking. Beautiful. And over all else the truth.It can be so sad how it takes such a tragic event such as Kyle's death for people to be able to understand the beauty of life.

A hero never dies, he just sleeps..........

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