No matter the trials, setbacks or discouragements that come our way, we
should be quick to look over our life as a whole and see that we are and
have been abundantly blessed. The temporary trials that are in our path
should never make us forget the good that we have seen before. Just as we
have triumphed over past problems, we need to have the same resolve and
know that we can be victorious again. Be encouraged to have a praise
filled attitude no matter how tempted you feel to murmur or complain. Let
God know that you are trusting Him above all things and that you have faith
that God will deliver you again just as He has before. By speaking words
of faith and confidence, you are setting a path that is sure to keep your
life in God's perfect will. (Psalm 8:3-6) (Habakkuk 3:17-19) (Romans 8:31-39)
I hope this message encourages your heart to be thankful for the life that
God has given to you. Appreciate times past and see that God will be
faithful to you as long as you remain faithful to Him.
SO, HOW WAS YOUR LIFE?
He was a most remarkable man. A man of years clearly mapped out upon his
face. Clean, well kept, but not pretentious in his style or dress. I shook
his hand and felt a mix of gentle wear and hardened, callus, leather-like
skin. I would guess he labored most of his life, perhaps forced to stop
long enough now to heal somewhat.
His egg white eyes with movie star blue pupils slips you into a momentary
trance, transfixed as they seem to cut into your heart. He wouldn't
notice you staring at him for he is considered legally blind. But he will
sense the hesitation in your voice if you do not respond immediately to
his first question. “So, how was your life?”
That question alone would halt you in your tracks. It bears repeating.
“You asked, How was my life?”
“Yes,” he said in return.
“I would be better prepared to answer how was my day,” I suggested.
“That's too easy,” he said. “I think we need to keep up on our life as a
I thought for a moment and simply asked, “Why?”
"We tend to nit pic. We can so easily take one day and dissect it. It is
easy to say you are having a bad day. Or simply write it off as “One of
those days!” But when we broaden the view, we take much more into
consideration. Life in general will at least be “good”, “Okay” or “It
could be better,” he explained.
“So, you cut right to it and ask for an overall rating,” I said.
“If I can get someone to see the big picture and realize there is more good
in their life than one bad day, I might even change their outlook on this
very day,” he said.
“So, how was your life?” I asked of him.
“Wonderful so far, thanks for asking.”
Then he said one more thing that really stayed with me.
“I'm on the shady side of sunset.”
How powerful! It seems to me that we often see life as beginnings and
endings. Sun rises depict a new dawn, an exciting adventure ahead.
Sunsets make us think of endings. Like “riding off into the sunset.”
This man knew his life, his time was coming to a close.
“I do hope the sun sets slower for you. You have so many more people to
ask the big question.”
Before I left I promised him I'd help. Let me begin by asking you.
“So, how was your life?”
By Bob Perks
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the
ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of
the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law
doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the
rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf
also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
James 4:13-15 “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into
such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life?
It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth
away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do
this, or that.”
Psalm 34:11-15 “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the
fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days,
that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking
guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes
of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.”
Psalm 103:2-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who
redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness
and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy
youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: ALWAYS WITH ME
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Today's Selected Testimony: PRAISE THE LORD
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry