In 1988, the world prepared for Olympics and Whitney Houston gave us the wonderful song I sang a year later for my 8th Grade Graduation:
The song resonated with me then, as I faced the world of high school, college, and an entire life to make the most of.
I want one moment in time, When I’m more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away, and the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time, when I’m racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time, I will feel, eternity.
What a refrain! A refrain that shows the hopes, the dreams, the desires of so many of our youth. However, it still resonates with me in 2012. It’s never too late to feel those dreams only a heartbeat away. The answers are always up to you.
We can be a “winner for a lifetime” if we choose to be – we can do anything we want.
On Saturday I was at the ballet, something that dominated my life in 1988, when I heard the news of Whitney Houston’s passing. Immediately, the song “One Moment in Time” popped into my head. And my body remembered the way it wanted to move when I sang this song at graduation. Once you have that dancing heart in your soul, it never leaves you, and it affects how you react to music.
I don’t hear music so much as feel music.
Much like I don’t just merely live life, but I experience it.
It is only fitting that I make this post on February 14th, a day I dislike for what it has become in modern-day. It’s far too coupley, instead of focusing on the purity of love that crosses more than just romance. It’s far too commercial, leaving many in non-happy relationships or no relationships to suffer from unrealized expectations. It piles on guilt that you must make some showing of love, something you should do every day of your life anyway.
However, I look at this song and the scope of love. One of the things that I’ve always thought, “One Moment in Time” is like a prayer. It was Whitney voicing that thing to the ether that we all at one time or another feel. We all want that moment where we are loved, cherished, and empowered.
The love of Christ can do that for all of us. He loves us so much he gave his life for us. He cherishes us so much that he’d leave the 99 to find the 1 so no one is lost. He empowers us, giving us all we need in life.
It should be our goal to make each day the very best we can. Every day should just get better and better as we continue to grow, walking forwards on a path of progression.
It is my hope and prayer that as Whitney said:
Each day I live, I want to be
The very best, A day to give the best of me
I’m only one, but not alone
My finest day is yet unknown.
To all my blog readers, I love you.
To Whitney, thanks for your inspiration you gave me through the gift of your music. I know your life was troubled and you died far too young, but it is my sincerest hope that you find your place with the angelic choirs of heaven. Truly, your voice was that of an angel while here on earth.