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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Anniversary (04/11/05)

TITLE: The Four 'L's Of Life
By Bancy Mwihaki
04/16/05


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There are anniversaries for just about anything these days. Talk of first dates, baby’s first words or steps, first time to a new place, you name it. Anything that can be feted also gets fitted with an anniversary.

We celebrate what I like to call The Four ‘L’s of life, which are: Live, Love, Laugh, and Learn.

To ‘Live’ means to be alive and to enjoy life, not merely to just exist. Jesus Christ says in John 10:10 that He came that we may have life, and have it abundantly (RSV). We learn to celebrate life through all the good times and the bad because we look around and see the beauty and wonder of God’s creation, which is always alive and vibrant.

‘Love’ is the backbone of life and everything good. Out of love God created the whole universe and everything in it. When we love someone or something we want to let it show and shout it from the mountaintops. But without love there’s not much cause for joy or celebration.

It has been said that ‘Laughter’ is the music of the soul, and that it is also God’s sunshine. A single smile or laugh can ease a thousand aches and sorrows. During an anniversary, we all want to rejoice and be happy, nobody wants to cry or be sad. We learn to laugh and keep our sense of humour high in our successes, but even more importantly in our failures, because our Lord Jesus Christ has overcome the world for us, and has instructed us to be of good cheer (John 16:33).

Last, but not least, there is something to be ‘Learnt’ in every experience of life. Life is a continual process of learning. When we remember the lessons to be learnt from life, love and laughter, we are able to cherish them and value their importance.

So when I celebrate an anniversary, I toast and say, “Live, Love, Laugh, and Learn”. I truly believe that is the stuff anniversaries are made of, and that it is the beauty of the spirit the cause of the anniversary gives to us – to Live, to Love, to Laugh, and to Learn.


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vicki mccollum04/24/05
Good job of organizing your thoughts about the meaning of Anniversary. I liked your line "everything that can be feted is fitted with an anniversary."