ESPN radio replayed the famous “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up” speech by former NC State basketball coach Jim Valvano. He was receiving an award for courage during the last weeks of his life as he battled cancer. At one point during the speech the cue card guy waved a card telling him he had 30 seconds left to wrap up his speech. He said, “My body is filled with tumors, and I’m going to be worried about this guy telling me I’ve got 30 secs?” He went on to encourage everyone to make the most of every day. When you have cancer, especially terminal cancer, you gain a new perspective on the use of time. He encouraged the crowd to laugh everyday, think everyday, and be moved to tears everyday. Make the most of what you have was his basic message.
Paul shares a similar perspective from prison: “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” You can hear him saying, “Make the most of your life!” Go kiss your kids and tell them that you love them. Go sit with your neighbor and let them know Jesus loves them. Live with such a smile on your face that people start wondering what’s wrong with you. Live UNIQUE lives. Don’t waste time on what other people waste time on. Follow Jesus, and make love the most important thing you do each day. Make the most of the time you have, and go love somebody boldly!
Dear Jesus, Help me live boldly for you! Amen.