On the way to work today, I was listening to one of the first CDs I ever purchased for myself (yes, I still do the CD thing); Michael W. Smith This is Your Time CD. The title track is written in tribute of Cassie Barnall; one of the many young people who lost their life that day. Cassie was a Christian, and she was around my age. I identified with her and realized how short life can be. in 1998, I purposed myself to live just as this song says: live every moment, leave nothing to chance, swim in the sea, drink of the deep, embrace the mystery of all you can be.
This song, and the story behind it, better than any outside-of-church influence I know of, influenced my teen years and beyond. The thought of living each day to the fullest inspired me, and never being ashamed of God. For those who are unfamiliar, Cassie reportedly was asked if she believed in God, and, after answering yes, was shot. There are now people who report that this was not the case, but that she was shot while prayed. In either circumstance, I grew up believing that it was true, and either would have been an inspiration to me.