Over the past week I have been ‘getting back to normal’. Taking the Christmas ornaments down, being motivated by ‘The FlyLady’ (more about her another day…. she’s a home cleaning inspiration if you just can’t wait!!), going to school and work and starting Ben off at Preschool.
This week I seemed to meet/mix with/go for coffee/see a lot of people and friends. Two particular situations have affected me over the past 7 days and I wanted to write about them, learn from them, encourage you to LIVE life…
Let me start with Ephesians 2:10 (AMP), where we can be reminded that we are His handiwork, with lives planned for the very best, with a path directing us into ‘the good life’:
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
The life stories of people that affected me make understanding this so much more important to ensure that we know we are living, that we are alive. Not just breathing, but allowing our Spirit (the God part) and, yes, our souls to thrive. Of course our brains are alive – but really alive… doing what we love. You know that BUZZ when you find yourself smile, or inwardly smile and think ‘I love this’, doing this makes me come alive, I was made for this. Ok. So I don’t walk around in a rainbow world where every single minute I have this inner smile. But I feel alive At the end of each day or during… I am thankful, I am aware that I enjoy what I am doing. And if I’m not. I actually stop… This explains my lack of completer/finisher personality right there doesn’t it. What an excuse. The best I’ve found yet for leaving things half finished
One elderly man I know has been house bound for 5+months. He can walk, but chose to stay inside. He could walk the stairs but chose to stay downstairs. During those 5 months, he gradually limited life to a small room.
Another guy I have seen (don’t worry, it’s not you, I don’t actually know him…… I have just seen him/overheard his stories) has slowly it seems, after many many many years of disappointments gradually let the light in his eyes go out. Where disappointment takes over and the ‘what ifs’ are almost forgotten. Instead of the slightly cheesey business speak such as ‘failure is not an option’ etc.. [although I have never worked in an environment where those kind of phrases are chanted around, ours were more like 'there's no I in team...' ] The phrase ‘failure is my only option’ would become a mantra.
Is living therefore a choice? Is it a gift? Is having your spirit awakened to God a gift? Is it available to all? Luke 10:
27…You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. 28And Jesus said to him, You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live [enjoy active, blessed, endless life in the kingdom of God].
As a Christian, I can be sure that to live a blessed life in the Kingdom – does that mean heaven? -I am to love. To love God, love others and to love myself
Well, my prayer and hope is that I don’t limit my life through small mindedness, and that you live life to the full, knowing what it is that you are called to and what you have been created for. Love a xox
Additional reading on LIving Life to the Full:
John 3 : 15In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever!
Romans 6:4 just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.
Hebrews 13:18 Keep praying for us, for we are convinced that we have a good (clear) conscience, that we want to walk uprightly and live a noble life, acting honorably and in complete honesty in all things.