Posts Tagged ‘living’

  

“And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord.” ‭‭(Romans‬ ‭14:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

James Bosworth was a war hero, surviving a suicide mission at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854 that needlessly claimed hundreds of British Cavalry and was immortalized in Tennyson’s poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”. Years later, while operating as a station manager, he was killed in a freak accident by a locomotive. The irony of his death was found on his tombstone epitaph: 
“Though shot and shell flew around fast, On Balaclava’s plain, Unscathed he passed, to fall at last, Run over by a train.”

Death is not something many folks want to talk about, yet it is as much a part of life as any other aspect. We all live, we will all die. And yet, what will our death say about us? How will we be remembered? As the hermit with no friends to mourn him? As the scared spinster that was too afraid to find the zest of life? As one who was religious but not very holy?

You are living your epitaph now. So live as you would like to be remembered! Be the one who loves people, who seized the moments, and had a passionate relationship with the Savior! Pass from this life to the next as an inspiration to follow! Your are loved! 

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“Azor was the father of Zadok. Zadok was the father of Akim. Akim was the father of Eliud.” (Matthew‬ ‭1:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Many, many years ago, a guy named Luigi da Porto wrote a story about a tragically fated romance. Later, Italian writer Matteo Bandello released a novella based on da Porto’s story. This version inspired Pierre Boaistuau to write a poem regarding tragic love. Then in line with these guys, Arthur Brooke published a narrative poem in the same line of thought but his would not be the last. For his poem, The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet, would later inspire one more guy who would render the final telling of the tale, which was none other than William Shakespeare and his dramatic production, Romeo and Juliet!

Most of the modern world has heard of Shakespeare and his classical story, but we seldom realize all the hands of inspiration that made it happen. The same is with the life of Jesus. The text from Matthew is but a clip from a rather boring bit of genealogy. Upon closer inspection, however, you realize that these guys were important because they were Jesus’ many-great grandfathers on Joseph’s side! While seemingly insignificant, their story is necessary so that a righteous and good man would marry a pregnant teenage girl and help raise the Savior of the world!

You and your life story matters! While seeming pale and paltry, your life enriches those around you. Allow God to use you to create greater love stories in the world! You are loved! 

  

“I will sing to the LORD as long as I live. I will praise my God to my last breath!” (Psalms‬ ‭104‬:‭33‬ NLT)

George Dennehy was born without arms, but he plays guitar like a pro. How? The 18-year-old from Ashland, Virginia uses his feet! The gifted teen told in an interview that he eats, types and washes his hair with his feet, and he says he’s primarily right-footed. He also said, “I want it [music] to be my career. I have the opportunity to speak/play at different events or churches, you name it! I’m hoping big things will happen.” 

And according to the Huffington Post, Dennehy isn’t the only teen who hasn’t let physical challenges stop him from achieving his dreams. Fourteen-year-old athlete Coleman Shannon, whose right arm ends at his elbow, recently pitched a no-hitter against his neighboring Little League team. And in 2010, armless piano player Liu Wei became a hit on “China’s Got Talent” and achieved Internet fame. 

We tend to be a society and people who are afraid to live or try because of failure, yet we are surrounded every day by those who take chances because they have to just to survive. Be one that achieves life instead of slumping towards existence! Live the vibrant life God gives! You are loved without excuse! 

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On the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.” (Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭16‬ NLT)

King Philip III of France died of fever in 1285 while returning home from a failed invasion into the Pyrenees at the ripe old age of 45. His fifteen-year reign was arguably bland and not much is documented at all regarding his spiritual life. But as he lay dying on his homeward bound ship, the last words from one of Europe’s mightiest kings are reported to be, “What an account I shall have to give to God! How I should like to live otherwise than I have lived.” Sad words from a mighty man.

The truth of our life is that we only have one chance at it. We can whine and moan about how unfair or tough things have been for us, or we can rise above it and find meaning, value, and worth in the toils we face. By living God’s way, we are poised to live a very meaningful, fulfilling life with fewer regrets because we did not squander it with selfishness or bitterness. By touching the lives of others, we ourselves are enriched!

In contrast to Philip, as the great patriot Patrick Henry lay dying, the man who once said, “Give me liberty or give me death!”, his last words were quite different. Having given everything for God and Country, he is reported to have said, “Doctor, I wish you to observe how real and beneficial the religion of Christ is to a man who is about to die…” Live now so that dying then will bring no fear for you! Build your house in Heaven by your vigilance here on Earth! You are loved!

When the days of mourning had passed, Joseph…went up to bury his father.” (Genesis 50:4, 7 NIV)

The Social Security Administration estimates that each year, 1 million Americans lose their spouses, joining the 11 million older adults who already walk that territory. This doesn’t include the millions that will also lose a child, parent, personal health, career, or other critical loss this calendar year. Into every life a little grief will fall, and for some, more than others.

Just as grief and mourning will impact everyone, those days must eventually pass and the drumbeat of life resume. Mourning is both healthy and normal, but so is the eventual renewal of living beyond it. It doesn’t work the same on everyone’s timetable, but the outcome of healing should.

If you are in this place, take your time, but find your way back to restored life. If you know those that are grieving, be patient with them, simply being there and bringing reminders that life still awaits and that they are not alone. The days of mourning will pass! You are loved today!

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So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure trials for a little while.” (1 Peter 1:6 NLT)

Last night, we left the basketball gym to head home in the falling snow. We watched it fall until late, then woke up this morning to a beautiful blanket of white. Even though it will turn into a yucky mess later, we savor the moments of watching it fall and turn everything wondrously white.

Some months back, I introduced you to a Latin phrase: Dum Vivimus Vivamus, “While we live, let us live”. Scripture tells us that there will be yucky messes in life, and yet there is also great joy & beauty also. Focus on the latter. While you live, enjoy the simple or profound pleasures that God sends your way, like falling snow, the smell of bacon in the morning, knowing that ALL of your past has been forgiven & Heaven awaits you with a fantastic reward…

While you live, Live! Look beyond the messy things to find the good. Come to Church tomorrow, ready to celebrate these wonderful things with your loving spiritual family! These days still hold wonder and joy! You are greatly loved today!

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