Out of all the John Hughes’ amazing films that captured the experience and life that teenagers went through, a protagonist named Ferris Bueller stands out above the rest. While wearing a bathrobe, Ferris Bueller says this line, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” He tells his audience that life moves fast as he quickly walks down a hall into the restroom, and then tells them that if they don’t stop and look around, we can miss it as he stands in front of a mirror.
Life is moving fast. As I am writing this, I am thinking about my day tomorrow. When I need to get up for work, what are my lunch plans, and when can I call my mom to hear about a high school friend of mine that she saw today at Wal-Mart. For some, the pace of life is taking away from moments that need to remembered and held on to. We sometimes forget that our lives have the opportunity to make an impact. We are given 86,400 seconds every day. That’s 86,400 seconds to do something great. Or that’s 86,400 seconds to capture something great.
In 2013, I was deciding that I needed to stop and look around. I didn’t want to miss those moments that teenager in his bathrobe was talking about. I was getting tired of all my days running together. I was a sophomore in college, and things are were going great. The issue was I wasn’t enjoying the things that were happening. I challenged myself to enjoy the things happening. I took on this mantra that life was meant to be loved. About that time, a friend showed me this app. It is called 1 Second Everyday. The purpose is to a record a video each day. The app helps you clip one second of that video and eventually puts it together in order. It started out as just something I was doing for fun, but after a few months of recording a second each day, I realized that I was looking for those moments. I was going out of my way to record a second. Whether it was sitting on the couch with my roommate watching the series finale of The Office, or it was recording the day I purposed to my wife, I capture one of those 86,400 seconds that usual flies by. Life is meant to be loved.
We get so distracted and caught up in the mess and mistakes that we make. Jesus tells that there is a thief that stealing and killing and destroying our lives. The thief is making it hard to love your life. But His response and encouragement is this. “...I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10).
As I am sitting here writing this, I am coming up on my fourth year of recording a second every day. I have captured my life at age 20 and 21. At the end of June, I will put together my video of being 22. This journey has taught me that life has ups and down. Good and bad. Whatever your life consist of, you have the chance to capture and make it important. My goal is continue doing this until I can’t anymore. I want to love the life God has given me. I hope you do to.
Here is my 1 Second Everyday video from June 27, 2015 – June 26, 2016.
TIM HELLER | YOUTH PASTOR