Guest Blogger: Joel Burke

THAT’S LIFE

By Joel Burke

http://www.joelcburke.com

One of my all time favorite singers has to be Frank Sinatra. He could tell a story in song like few could. There was no need to have video made, because you could see the video in your mind while he sang the song.  Among the many songs from Frankie that are my favorite is, “That’s Life!”

Here are the opening lines from the song…“That’s life, that’s what all the people say. You’re riding high in April, shot down in May, but I know I’m gonna change that tune, when I’m back on top, back on top in June.”

As young adult, I convinced myself that I had to confront and take on every battle. Every bump in the road was significant. I wish someone had told me in my 20’s to create two piles. A pile of insignificance and a pile of significance.

PILE OF INSIGNIFANCE

So, your car needs a new transmission- “That’s Life!” (Isn’t interesting that your car always seems to know when you have a few extra dollars in the bank?)

You child has an ear  infection and it’s another trip to the Doctor- “That’s Life” (That’s to be expected not a surprise.)

Someone is rude to you in the grocery store- “That’s life!” (They are not being rude to you, but rather are looking for attention. Give that person a warm smile instead of a sharp tongue.)

You can’t find your car keys on the morning of an important meeting- “That’s life!” (Ya know, if we would just put our keys in the same place every time, this issue would never happen.)

PILE OF SIGNIFICANCE

You walk out of a hospital room and know you have said goodbye to your father for the final time in this life. “That’s significant.

”You stare into the eyes of your first-born baby- “That’s significant.”

You have been caught by surprise of losing your job- “That’s significant.”

You child is rushed to hospital with a 50/50 chance to live- “That’s significant.”

You have a painful tightness in your chest and wonder if it’s a heart attack- “That’s significant.”

Finally, You live your life to make an eternal difference – “That’s significant.”

What matters most in this life? It’s to love life, even when we walk through the fire. We love GOD knowing that he will never leave us or forsake us. We laugh along the way!



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