Wednesday, September 08, 2010

A Life Worth Living

Orginally posted on Friday, February 3, 2006

{Romans 14:7:-9}
For we are not our own masters when we live or when we die. While we live, we live to please the Lord. And when we die, we go to be with the Lord. So in life and in death, we belong to the Lord. Christ died and rose again for this very purpose, so that he might be Lord of those who are alive and of those who have died

Yesterday I went to a funeral for a man who was a member of the Stronghurst Christian Church(the church I was youth minister at for 5 years), in fact he was the last person from Stronghurst who I talked to. At age 52 he died of a heart attack while playing with his granddaughter on the living room floor. While I sat listening to the proceedings of the funeral I had two main thoughts.

First, I thought about how meaningless life is. After years of living and all that there is to show for it is a service attended by friends and family who hold on to a few memories which begin to fade as time goes on.

Even worse is that we have very little control over when our life will be taken from us. Sure we can take a few precautions but we are not a guaranteed a long life. We can die in the prime of our life without ever accomplishing the many dreams we have for our lives. So many things can remain unfinished and unsaid. What is the point of living when there are so few things under our control?

Second, what brings meaning to life is the impact we make. This came through loud and clear as the people who spoke told of their memories and the impact this man had on their lives. It was in fact very humbling for me to listen to.

When we love people and treat them with respect we impact their lives in positive ways. Others will look up to us and follow our lead because by the way we treated them we able to earn their trust. Living a life of love helps us to discover a life of meaning and purpose. That is true no matter how long we might live.

We don't have very much control in our lives. Our lives can change in the blink of an eye and there is nothing we can do about it. One thing that we do have control over is how we live our lives. We can choose to respect other people or disrespect them. We can choose to serve people or we can choose to make life harder for them. We can choose to love others or can choose to ignore them. If we want to have life that makes a difference in this world we have to make the right choices in how we will respond to those around us.

How are you treating people? Do you treat them as creatures created in the image of God or objects fit for the trash? Are you seeking to serve other people or are you seeking to horde as much as you can for yourself? It isn't stuff that makes life worth living. What makes life worth living is following the example of Jesus by giving our lives away in service to others. That is the type of life we should all inspire to live.

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