The NCAA Tournament ended in epic fashion with a Villanova victory on a buzzer beating 3 last night! This phenomenal game will be talked about for many years to come. Of course, March (April) Madness doesn’t officially end until the traditional viewing of the One Shining Moment video montage. This sentimental song wraps up the college basketball madness that teams and fans have the privilege of experiencing each season.
With last night being the 30th anniversary of the song being played at the closing of the championship game, I want us to reflect on a few lyrics from the perspective of our own lives:

But time is short
and the road is long
in the blinking of an eye –
ah, that moment’s gone.
And when it’s done
win or lose
you always did your best
cuz inside you knew…
that ONE SHINING MOMENT you reached deep inside,
ONE SHINING MOMENT you knew you were alive…

Every year, I look forward to hearing that song. I first started listening when I was a kid…it feels like yesterday when I was watching the video with my college buddies…and now as a husband I soak it all in as my wife is sound asleep. As we know, life happens fast, moments are gone quickly, and in the “blinking of an eye” we go through changes.

As the song says, “you knew you were alive,” and that’s exactly what we are right now. We shouldn’t just dwell on how quickly life flies by, but we should seize the moments and the days that we do have because “time is short”.
The Bible says in Ephesians 5:15-17 (ESV),Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Every moment we waste by living unwise is a missed opportunity. Instead, we should seek God’s will for each day and capture the one shining moments as often as we can.  Then we can look back on our lives with joy and thankfulness because our “montage” is filled with memorable moments of God’s goodness and our wise obedience. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYERHeavenly father, thank You so much for allowing me to enjoy the special moments of life. Please help me to be wise and live a life that reflects You, so that I can look back and see Your goodness and faithfulness as I follow Jesus. Help me not to miss out on Your very best. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.