Life is a gift

Every day is a gift – that is what Paul Senior said on American Choppers concerning the tragic death of a worker at his son’s bike shop. And yet the 2 men, father and son, still are unable to put their differences aside for one to give comfort and one to receive comfort. All the while arguments about who is right, who is wrong, about money, fame and fortune continue as people all around struggle with life and death.  I think of how very petty those arguments are as I watch some dear friends struggle with the question, “Why?” as their 3-year-old son is diagnosed with cancer and the next day in surgery having his kidney removed.

The book of James teaches us in Chapter 4, “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone .” GONE! That poor worker could have very well been Paul senior’s son and while this is not to beat anyone up it is to wake us all up!

Life IS a gift, given to us by Almighty God and it is short – no one knows how long but I can promise you this, when your time is up, you will think “It is too short”.   Jesus said in the gospel of John, “the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy but I have come that you might have life to the full”. LIFE! Not a life that seeks to gratify the flesh with sex, drugs, fame, power and all the things that our society says that you can’t live without – But a life that has meaning, that has a positive effect on eternity.  A life of love and compassion and serving the helpless and hopeless; being Jesus with skin on; being light in a dark world.

What child takes a gift and sets it aside and never uses it? Would you ever take the gift of a toy race track and use it for snow skis or who would take the gift of a ball bat and try to mix cake batter with it? The gift of life should never be put up on a shelf  but should be used for its intended purpose – a life that honors God in ALL that we do, all that we say, all the we sing, all that we have, all that we love. receive the gift of God and LIVE! (To be Continued)

Father, Help us all to live the life that You have given us as a gift from above for Your glory and honor. Lord let us never take for granted Your love for us and Your generosity. May we please You with all that we do, all that we have. Amen.


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