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Life... do you get it? And, even if you get it, really get it... do you, we, appreciate it? From our natural birth to our natural death and all the stuff we put in the middle, are we really living life? I said "the stuff we put in the middle", but what does that mean? A baby is born. A new life begins. Life starts happening. Decisions are made. Things happen, right? Good things... bad things... But, stop... back up, take a minute, and look and think about your life. Where did you come from? Your parents made decisions that resulted in your birth. God, the Creator, allowed His creation to live and choose things for themselves. He allows life. We are in motion because He allows us to be, to breath, to think, to move, to respond, to react, to learn... to live. Life is happening now. Where are you? Who are you? Do you understand your relationship to this life and your Maker? We are here for a short time. Life is like a "vapor". We must get our bearings, and set our ship in the right direction. The big picture is simple, but in some way a great mystery. Life is given by God for God. We are His creation for His glory, to honor Him. Once He tells our hearts that we belong to Him, and we trust Him as our Savior and Lord our real life begins. All that comes before that day of realization, surrender, and salvation is just empty time... circumstances, God aligning our paths with something, someone, some event so that He can reveal Himself to us. Then comes the beauty of real life. We are a "new creation", "born again". After we surrender our lives to God we then realize that we must change and become what He created us to be, a reflection of Him. We are commanded to love God and love others. Our lives are to reflect the life and love of Jesus. We are here to serve Him, and go where He leads us. And, we must follow closely so not to get lost. But, remember; we are always in the palm of His hand, wherever we go. The question is; are we living the life He has given us to live? Let's take time each day to focus on the life we live. Live each day with love. Be His creation. As we move forward let us do so with purpose, His purpose. Let us not fill our lives with selfish things; lust, pride, ambition... He expects and commands perfection, meaning for us to be complete. We can only be complete in Him. Allow God to lead you, and fill your life with righteous things. Let us glorify our Maker while we're here. It's our choice, our decision... Live it!
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A little editing to remove redundant thought, and therefore unnecessary words, would make your oh-so important message carry more strength. And, yes, by all means, break up the thoughts into paragraphs. A very inspiring..and convicting..article. Well thought-out and written.
You have articulated my thoughts Joshua. It is a paradox I feel. We are still alive but the old man has been buried with Him through baptism into death(one of my favourites) and a scripture I cling to. When you wrote our old life is--did you write empty space' I sort of see what you mean but my struggle is to turn a deaf ear to the old man who says I'm still very much alive and opinionated!!!
I really appreciate what you said here-so very true! When you submit articles to this site and to the challenge, you need to double space paragraphs. It makes for a difficult read when there appears to be one long paragraph. I am only a beginner writer, so not qualified to"judge" but I feel that if you broke up the questions into seperate lines, there would be more of the impact of what you are trying to impress upon the reader. Good job. Keep it up!