“I had my time.” ATM machines these days…they only give you $20s and I needed a $10! I decided to pop into the CVS next door to break the $20. Anxious to get in and out, I began scanning the racks for my one of my favorite freedom treats – York Peppermint patties. 2 for $1 great! I quickly proceeded to the register. I am instantly greeted by a gentleman who appeared to be in his early 50s who evidently had been checking out my t-shirt.
“Party in the Park? Sounds like fun, where was that?” I replied “It was a lot of fun! It was in Detroit.” I went on to tell him that Party in the Park was an annual event sponsored by Think Beyond the Chair, an organization that provides social activities, events and support for wheelchair users. “I was the guest fitness trainer and it was truly a blast! We had a DJ and everything and we got in a good sweat!” His face just lit up. “Man, I LOVE Detroit! I remember back in the day when I was DJing, Detroit was the place to be. Those people know how to party!" he said. I laughed and said “they still do!”
Mr. DJ went on to tell me about how he used to be an on-air radio personality as well. I could tell how much he loved it. I couldn’t help myself…I was intrigued and decided I had a few minutes. “So, you used to DJ? You don’t anymore? What made you stop?” I crammed to understand why this former on-air celebrity would be content to work the cash register at CVS. He replied, “I had my time. I loved using albums and reel-to-reel and the industry was moving towards CDs. It wasn’t that I couldn’t have adjusted. I just wasn’t willing to, you know? I had my time and I’m at peace with it.” We chatted for a few more minutes and then I left the store.
As I drove on to my destination, his words kept ringing in my head “I had my time.” It’s been over a week since I was in that CVS and I find myself flashing back to that moment often.
We all have “our time.” When it comes, we don’t know how long it will last. All we know that we have is now and in that moment we have a choice to make. What will we do with that time – waste it or take full advantage? Will I give all I’ve got and hold nothing back? Will I take the risks, put it all on the line, and dare to be different? Or will I cower in the corner making “I’m not good/smart/talented enough” excuses? Will I spend my time fretting over the connects and resources I don’t have? Or will I trust that where He guides, He provides? Will I live life on purpose or just let that time pass me by?
I don’t believe in accidents. This was a divine reminder to me: “This is your time. Don’t waste it!” I’ve decided that I won’t. I want to have the same peace that man behind the cash register had. I want to know in my heart that my time was well spent. I want to hear “well done.”
How about you?
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