Since January 1, 2017 I have been using this book as my daily devotion and I have been throughly blessed each day as I read. I would highly recommend that you consider purchasing a copy for yourself. I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby. This reprint is not intended to be a copyright infringement.
We were sitting on two large stones at the base of a small mountain. The teacher leaned down to the ground, picked up a rock, and handed it to me.
“What do you feel?” he asked.
“Nothing,” I replied. “A rock.”
Now put your hand on your neck. Do you feel anything?”
“But the rock had no heartbeat,” he said.
“Of course not.”
“The rock exists as a rock with no heartbeat. It retains its shape, its size, its consistency, with no need of a heartbeat. But you have a heartbeat. Every moment of your existence hangs on a heartbeat. The moment it stops, your earthly existence is over. That’s the difference between a rock and your life. God ordained it.
Rocks just exist. But life never just exists. It must strive to exist, fight to exist. Your heart must keep beating, every moment of your life. Even if you do nothing, your heart beats. Even when you sleep, it keeps beating so that you can remain alive.
If you waste your moments on earth, still it beats that you can waste your time.
When you sin, when you gossip, when you covet and hate, still it beats while you do so.
When you weep, when you give up hope, still it beats so that even in your tears and despair, it still fights for you to live and to be able to cry.”
“So the difference between my existence and that of a rock is . . . ”
“Your life doesn’t just exist; it strives to exist. Your life is a miracle. Your every moment is a miracle. Your joys are a miracle. Even your tears are a miracle. Your life is the gift from God. Every moment is sustained by Him. Every moment is a miracle.”
“How does one apply this?”
“You cease taking your life for granted. You stop wasting it, mistreating it, treating it as something less than the miracle it is. You cease to allow your life to be given to sin and what is less than God’s will. You treasure the existence with which you were entrusted. You stop throwing away your moments. You treat your life and your time on earth as a treasure. You treat your every moment as if there was a heart beating behind it, striving for that moment to exist.
In short . . . You live a life worthy of every heartbeat.”
The Mission: Live this day in the miracle of your existence. Take account of every heartbeat and make your moments worthy of each one.