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Life is Short! How Are You Living It?

Posted by Cinda On June - 11 - 2013

This article is possibly one of our most requested so I’m including it here, again, as we move into summer. Consider it a must-read as you draw closer to God and your family.

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Remember the days of “yesteryear” when you skipped pebbles on the lake or hiked mountains to unknown destinations and then sat around the evening campfire, roasting flame-kissed marshmallows? How about the long hours sitting on the back porch sipping root beer floats and listening to the cheers of a distant ball game or crickets chirping in the night air? What about the times you packed a picnic lunch and went out to the park just to throw a Frisbee and celebrate being a family? Each of us has our own special memories of yesteryear. Are they just distant memories that you’ve tucked away in a dusty scrapbook, or have they become a legacy for your own children?

We travel this life in the fast lane because we want more, feel the need to do more, and think we’re better for it. But, are we really? Are we truly enjoying the journey that God intended for us?

prayingchild01We’ve traded Sunday morning worship for competitive soccer games. We’ve sacrificed the pleasures of an evening walk for that must-see TV show.  We’re missing the spectacular sunrises of daybreak and the breath-taking sunsets of nightfall because we’ve scribbled in one more activity in our day-timers (for us and our kids!). We’ve exchanged quiet sit-down dinners for over-extended hours at work. We’re even too exhausted to fall on our knees with our little ones at night to express our thanks to God for His blessings throughout the day. Sadly, we were too busy to even recognize most of those blessings, anyway.

campingAsk yourself, “Am I modeling to my children a life that truly pleases God or one that only satisfies my own desires and gratifications? Am I modeling a life that values and protects a focused quiet time in my day and welcomes the refreshing silence… a time when I just might hear the voice of God? Can I expect my children to know the power of prayer or fall in love with God’s Word without exemplifying it in my own life? And, am I showing my children what it means to have a servant’s heart? To be the light and love of Jesus to a lost and hurting world?”

Jesus said it best in Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message), “Are you tired? Worn out? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live feely and lightly.”

Don’t miss opportunities to strengthen your relationship with Christ.

Don’t miss opportunities to celebrate Him with the ones you love.

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