Five Minute Fridays begin with a given topic (today it's "awake") and the instructions to write, for five minutes only, on whatever that topic inspires.
I didn't want to be awake this morning. The alarm went of at 8:30, late for many people, I know, but we had stayed up a little late last night and I wanted more sleep. The bed was warm, the sheets were soft, my husband was still asleep beside me.
But I got up, eventually, with his encouragement once he woke up. I do every day, whether I like it or not. Whether I want to or not. There's always something to do, somewhere to go, someone to meet.
I spend most of my life awake. But am I really alert? Am I really paying attention to what's going on around me?
Some days I just go through the motions, just do what needs to be done. I want to do more than that. I want to be more than awake: I want to be alive, to be energized, to be eager for every new day, to look for ways to serve others and be productive with my time. I want to see God in everything. I want to embrace every opportunity to do good that He places before me. God has given me this life for a reason: I want to make the most of it. "So as you have opportunity, do good to everyone, but especially those who belong to the family of believers." (Galatians 6:10, my paraphrase.)
I want to live life more than awake. I want to live it alive!