It is important that we always live our life with purpose. So many times people go through life without a vision for what they would like to have in their life. They don’t have set goals, dreams and desires that they are focused on bringing to pass. Instead they allow the precious time that they have been graced with to pass them by without realizing something great for their life. That is a travesty in my opinion because we each have so much within our hearts that is meant to come out of us to make our life and this world a much better and brighter place. The Bible declares in Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” We need to have goals that we are reaching towards, dreams that we wish to have fulfilled, aspirations that will push us to a higher level so that we will not become stagnant and stay where we know we should not be. (Psalm 37:3-5) (Habakkuk 2:2)
Be encouraged to always see yourself as a Victor and never a victim. Surround yourself with those who celebrate your life and vacate your presence from those who bring you down. We must always remember and keep in mind that those who are not adding to our life are taking away from it. Are we surrounding ourselves with encourager’s, with blessers, with inspirerers, with motivators? If we’re not then we are hindering our life’s progression from being all that it can be. We shouldn’t cut ourselves short. We shouldn’t be less than we can be because we didn’t take the necessary steps to prune the areas of our life that are not producing fruit. (John 15:1-8)
I encourage you to see your life from an outside perspective. What can you do to better your life that you are not doing right now? Analyze those areas of your life and make a conscious decision to make a positive change in your life. We must remember and keep in mind that this life is too short to not use it to its fullest potential. I don’t want us to look back 20 years from now with regret because we weren’t disciplined enough to make the right changes when we had the opportunity to do so. See your life as significant, useful and meant for greatness. Believe that God is for you and wishes for you to succeed in life. Motivate yourself to become that person that you will be proud to be 20 years from now. I believe when we dig our heels in and refuse to give up or give in then nothing shall be impossible to us. (Psalm 16:7-8) (Mark 9:23)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to live your life to its fullest potential.
IF YOU HAD IT TO DO OVER
One woman announced, “I intend to live forever! So far so good . . .” But the length of our lives is not the real issue; it's the quality and meaning that matter. Not the years in a life, but the life in the years.
When asked what he wanted to be remembered for when his life was over, Leo Buscaglia replied, “I want to be remembered as somebody who lived life fully and with passion. I've been asked to write my epitaph and I have always thought that the perfect one for my tombstone would be, 'Here lies Leo who died living.'”
I want to die living. And I want to be remembered as one who lived with purpose, joy and verve. I want to spend my time learning what goes into a whole and happy life, then building that life the best I can.
Sociologist Tony Campolo told about a study in which fifty people over the age of 90 were asked to reflect upon their lives. “If you had it to do over again,” they were asked, “what would you do differently?” Though there were many answers, three responses dominated. Here they are:
First, many respondents answered, “I would reflect more.” Do you ever feel that too much time is spent in “doing” and not enough spent thinking about what you are doing and why you are doing it?
Second, they said, “I would risk more.” Do you think that important opportunities either have been or might be forfeited because of your fear to take a necessary risk?
Finally, they said, “I would do more things that would live on after I died.” Do you feel that you are immersed in something bigger and more enduring than your own existence?
Reflect more. Risk more. Leave a legacy. These are what our elders say they would do the second time around.
But why wait for a second time around? Every new day is a second chance! Risk more today -- take a chance on making that dream come alive. Get involved with something which makes a difference in this world -- and a beautiful legacy is what you will leave behind.
Like Leo Buscaglia, I want to live fully and with passion. And if all my plans don't work out as I had hoped, I'm still betting that I will have more fun!
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 16:8-11 “I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of Joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
Psalm 3:4-8 “I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy hill. Selah. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: Thy blessing is upon Thy people. Selah.”
Psalm 23:1-4 “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: LOOKING FOR JESUS
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Today’s Selected Testimony: HEALED FROM DEPRESSION
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry