We should always have the mindset to live life fully. There are many
people in this world who think enjoying life is in their future and not in
their right now. They see their trials, setbacks and challenges as
obstacles to enjoying life and they believe the lie that happiness and the
good life will be had after they overcome the trials and challenges that
are currently in their path. What they fail to realize is that we are
only promised today to enjoy life to the best of our ability. We can't
postpone joy and happiness for tomorrow when we don't know if we will be
lucky and blessed enough to see it. That is why we should recognize the
blessing of today and do our absolute best to get as much out of it as we
can. (Psalm 118:24) (Matthew 6:25-34)
We can use today to our advantage and get from it all that it offers us.
We can enjoy the company of those closest to us, we can go for a walk and
enjoy the smells and scenery that surrounds us. We can do the things
today that we have been postponing for so long. We should take back the
missed opportunities and do those things that we denied ourselves before.
Living life to the fullest means that we take advantage of every
opportunity that comes our way. We take today and use it to our benefit.
There's no need to wait for tomorrow to do what can be done today. Let us
realize this truth and have the proper perspective and allow the blessing
of today to bless our life to the full. (James 4:13-15)
I hope this message inspires and encourages your heart to take hold of this
day and use it to the best of your ability. See that happiness and joy can
be had today and with your whole heart take hold of them and never let go.
LIVING LONG...LIVING WELL
A tough, old cowboy was asked by his grandson how to live a long life.
“The secret of living a long life is to sprinkle a little gunpowder on
your oatmeal every morning,” the grizzled man replied.
The grandson did this religiously and he lived to the age of 93. When he
died, he left 14 children, 28 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and a
fifteen foot hole in the wall of the crematorium.
He definitely went out with a bang. But personally, I would rather remember
somebody for how beautifully she lived her life than how spectacularly she
left it. And I would definitely prefer she leave a hole in my heart, if
necessary, than a hole in the crematorium.
Besides, it has never been about how long we will last, but about how well
we will live. I like what Queen Margarethe II of Denmark once said: “I have
always had a dread of becoming a passenger in life.” I, too, want more from
my life than to simply go along for the ride. I want to live well. I want
my life to count for something. I want it to be full and worthwhile.
Dave Dravecky, former pitcher for the San Francisco Giants baseball team,
learned a lesson about living fully and well.
Dave enjoyed an outstanding sports career until the day he was diagnosed
with soft tissue cancer in his left arm. The disease ended his professional
baseball career. After various treatments failed to stop the growth,
doctors advised Dave to have his arm amputated.
Some people may feel that a diagnosis of cancer, the loss of a career and
the amputation of a limb may as well be a death sentence. Of course, many
survivors know better. Dave, too, learned that his life was far from over.
When his little daughter Tiffany first saw her father after surgery, she
went straight to him and hugged him long and hard. Then she smiled and
announced that she was happy his left arm was gone. She explained that
over the last few weeks, the arm had caused her father so much pain that
he hadn't been able to hug her. With the arm out of the way, they would be
Dave Dravecky will never be the baseball star he had hoped to become. He
lost his arm and may always wonder if cancer will return. Maybe he will
still live a long life, but regardless of how long Dave lives, it matters
far more how well he lives.
He only has to hug Tiffany close, very close, to be reminded what a full
life is all about.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 139:1-6 “O LORD, Thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest
my downsitting and mine uprising, Thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my
ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, Thou knowest
it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand
upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot
attain unto it.”
Psalm 37:3-6 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the
land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and
He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the
LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring
forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”
Hebrews 10:22-24 “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of
faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies
washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith
without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;) And let us consider
one another to provoke unto love and to good works.”
Psalm 37:23-25 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He
delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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