If you're anything like me you love pictures. Of course, you might not be as obsessed with taking them as I am, but nonetheless, you probably love having them.
A picture can speak where words seem to fail. A picture can bring back floods of memories, of nostalgia, of images from long ago. A picture can tell a story.
And again, if you're anything like me, you've looked back on a picture and wondered where the time went. Maybe it was a picture from years ago, or maybe a picture taken only several months earlier, but either way it can seem like the time went by so quickly. So much can happen in between the snapshots we take with our cameras. So much can change in our lives or in us. And before we know it we're looking back on a snapshot taken years ago and we can't even believe it's been that long.
Time just goes too fast.
The older I get, the more I realize this. In two months I'll say goodbye to my "teenage" years, even though it seems just yesterday I entered them by turning thirteen.
And looking back, I wonder if I've taken more snapshots than just with my camera.
You see, the way to slow down time is to take snapshots from your heart.
A snapshot is usually a quick picture taken, that's sometimes not even planned. Have you ever seen a beautiful view or your friend laughing and grabbed your camera quick to capture that precious moment? You knew it was something worth remembering and you wanted to capture it before it was gone.
That's what we need to be doing with our lives.
We need to be jumping into every moment ready to make it something special that's worth remembering.
When we see those lonely, hurting hearts crying out for help, stop time for just a moment to sit with them and let them know they aren't alone.
When your siblings want you to join them on a picnic adventure under the hot summer sun, go dancing barefoot with them in the green grass. Make it a snapshot worthy moment for your heart to remember.
Allow every moment you step into to become beautiful, by your smile, by your heart. Allow your hands to reach, your words to speak, and your feet to go. To do whatever it is God is asking of you that will slow down each moment and make it a snapshot your heart will remember forever.
Each moment is a gift and each moment is passing you by faster than you could ever imagine.
Don't let even one moment go to waste. ♥
Isabella Morganthal (20) is a homeschool high school graduate who loves Jesus with all of her heart. She is a drummer, writer, creative arts director, and modern-day abolitionist.