Today, I read a sobering story of a young mother who passed away, leaving behind a husband, 2 children, and a baby boy. My heart broke, as I thought of her young girls, who would not have the opportunity of having their mother be present for their marriage, and the baby boy that would grow, missing out on ever really knowing his mother. I felt an overwhelming sense of loss for her husband who would battle, trying to figure out how to balance working and caring for three children...and the moments of loneliness he would experience in the months and years that lay ahead.
While all of these sobering thoughts dashed through my head, I also recalled dear friends who suffered physically this year, friends who experienced strokes, battled with cancer, and lost loved ones.
Friends, life is fragile. We honestly don't know what our future holds. With all these heavy, sobering thoughts, I felt compelled to encourage you to LIVE life to the fullest!!!
I love how Luke writes in Luke 12:22-26, how Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? (NIV)
You see...God has an incredible purpose for your life and I want to encourage you to listen to hear what that is. Ask God to reveal it to you. And when He reveals it to you, I want to encourage you to (with every ounce of strength He gives you) embrace the mission...throw caution to the wind...run the race set out before you.
Love deeply. Embrace your family. Forgive even the ones who don't ask for it. Life is too short to live ANY OTHER way.
Today, I want to challenge you with this thought: "If this were your last day, how would you spend it?" (Now don't go calling in sick for work...understand what I'm saying.) Seize every moment. Enjoy every friendship. Encourage all those you come in contact with! AND MOST OF ALL...QUIT WORRYING!
Dream Big. Laugh Often...KNOWING God's Got It ALL Under Control. (He really does!)
PRAYER: Reveal Your purposes for our life. Help us to know Your thoughts. Strengthen us. Help us to live life to the fullest, resting in WHO YOU ARE! In Jesus name, amen.