Bob and I both like dark chocolate. We really enjoy the Dove dark chocolate bites, although we don't have them much. I bought a bag of them to take along when we went to Colorado. Each one has a little message inside on the wrapper. One of the first ones we opened, had this message on it - "Embrace Life.
As we talked about it, we decided that this was something we should really work on. How often do we just go from day to day, just doing our normal routines and not really thinking about it? We decided we need to make more of an effort to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Some of these things can be so simple - enjoy the nice days, spend time with family, do things that make you laugh...
We frequently reminded each other of this throughout our trip. Bob told me that walking across the Royal Gorge Bridge was a good way to embrace life, to which I replied that I was merely trying to stay alive at that point!
This made me think of a song from a few years ago. It was done by both the Newsboys and Big Tent Revival. The name of it was "Choose Life". The lyrics were taken from Deuteronomy 30:19. Here is one verse of the song:
A choice is set before you now
Living or dying, blessing or cursing
And now the time has come around
To turn from your fighting and rest in His mercy
Choose life, that you may live
The life that He gives, he gives you forever
Choose life, the way that is true
From the one who chose you,
Your Father in Heaven
My thought is that before we can embrace life, we need to choose it.