What makes a life worth living?
I can give you a little glimpse of what or should I say, who, made mine worth living.
Check this out… Colossians 1:21-23 You yourselves are a case study of what he does. At one time you all had your backs turned to God, thinking rebellious thoughts of him, giving him trouble every chance you got. But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence. You don’t walk away from a gift like that! You stay grounded and steady in that bond of trust, constantly tuned in to the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted. There is no other Message—just this one. Every creature under heaven gets this same Message. I, Paul, am a messenger of this Message.
So, when the LORD placed this title on my heart, I didn’t originally think of these verses. I actually forget the verses HE put on my heart. I took so long to get to writing. I just have to be real. I kept getting writers block and nothing at all was coming. It’s been so frustrating. I always have so many things floating around in my head that I want to get out on paper but it doesn’t always come out in an orderly fashion.
I would like to break these verses down. Why does the apostle Paul say, we are case studies of what HE does? In short, a case study is a process or record in developing someone or something. My walk with the LORD Jesus has been a process over the last 13+ years and will continue to be a process. I am always growing if I am intentional in feeding my spirit. Which brings me to the time in my life when my back was turned away from HIM and being rebellious in all my ways. I didn’t realize I was giving HIM trouble every chance that I got. In essence, I was. I did not give HIM the time of day until I got my behind back in church. My life was a trainwreck…to say the least. Until that eye-opening day when HE body slammed me and my husband, Stephen, and said, deep in my spirit,”hey my daughter, remember ME?!” I accepted the LORD in my heart as young child and went to church on and off throughtout my life, but never got anything out of it. The LORD continued… “Do you realize the greater plans I have in store for your life? I need you both to wake up! But you have a choice to go down My road or your own.” HE said it would not be easy, but would be so worth it!!
So, we took HIM at HIS Word. We learned over the years through buckets of blood, sweat and tears that Christ did not die in vain! HE set us free, delivered us and made us healed and whole. We have a choice to accept that or not, every single moment that passes by. Why don’t we walk away from a gift like that? Because Heaven is a free gift. We don’t earn or deserve it. HE freely gave eternal life to those who will accept it.
Can we get distracted or diverted along the way? Oh, absolutely! There have been countless times that both my husband and I have been derailed in various ways. Thank GOD that HE set us straight to stay on the right side of the tracks. The key has been, is and always will be…to stay fixed and focused on Jesus. I learned to PLOT = PRAY LISTEN OBEY TRUST. This means if the enemy of our souls is constantly going to scheme and plot in an evil way, I can PLOT in a powerful and very effective way! Here’s the deal… we must be intentional! I can’t say I wake up every day and instantly spend time with GOD, but I do start to talking to HIM right away, and thank HIM for another day of life…a life worth living!
Colossians 3:12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
15-17 Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
I love how this version of GOD’s Word says, “sing, sing your hearts out to GOD!” If you know me…my passion is singing! Singing my heart out…at that! I will sing like a birdie to any genre of music at the top of my lungs La la la la la… I especially love to worship the LORD in song! I truly believe the LORD purposely did not let me “make it” in the secular world of music because I was created to worship HIM, and every single one of us was, for that matter! And it took me a long time to figure that out. I must write about this whole thing another time.
So LORD, help me. Whatever I do, may it honor You and bless You. You, Jesus, have given me a life worth living and that cannot be denied! Otherwise, I sudder to think how life would have turned out without You, my GOD! I absolutely shudder!