LIVING OR EXISTING?
Are you living life right now? Did you stop and check your body, to be sure that it is moving and warm? Or are you merely trying to get through the next Big thing?
I sat recently in a restaurant enjoying the day. A very loud grunting got my attention, and that of most everyone in the dining room. I knew right away without looking up what it was. I caught glimpses of a young care-giver, and her charge: a Down Syndrome’s adult-child. He was blind and could not speak. But he grunted and groaned his appreciation of everything including the food given him. Yesterday, I might have wondered if that stricken man-boy (William) had any reason to continue living. He was trapped in a barely functioning body. Did he have any purpose in this world? Why did God allow him to continue in this state?
LIVING WITH PURPOSE
Roberta is unable to walk at all. But she sings glorious praise to our King. Nancy, also unable to walk, uses her organizational skills and kind attitude to help others in a council on aging facility. Gigi, who is often too ill to do household chores, prays. She prays for her family members, friends and many others. She keeps a Jesus attitude wherever she is. It’s her purpose. It’s living with intention.
I was sick, I endured a difficult surgery, even more difficult treatment, and have been challenged by the side-affects. Chemo and even radiation reactions have been a road block in my life for 5 years. My mobility is limited. Because of what I cannot do, I have opportunities to serve in other ways: encouraging, sharing hope, giving a hello and a smile to someone who might not otherwise get either. God’s purpose in me is to continue with an attitude of Christ’s love. Yes-God’s grace is big! I am still able to live- with purpose.
LIVING GROWS COMPASSION
God’s grace fell on me hard that morning. I realized this young man’s purpose and reason to keep living, was not in himself but what he created in others. His constant smile and eagerness grew compassion in his care-giver and in others. The care-giver’s job undoubtedly requires that, but it was her unique gift to give it to others. Her attitude and willingness to serve was a blessing not only to that patient, but to anyone who witnessed it.
In whatever state we are in, God gives opportunities to live. Living in Him, and By Him and continuing until the day He draws us to Him is a testimony of His grace.
“For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.‘” Acts 17:28
WEAK, THOUGH STRONG
Many would think that our disabilities or imperfect conditions only give testament to His indifference. Why would He allow it? In our weakness, as Paul tells us, we are proven strong in Christ Jesus only. We are dependent on Him, humbled and selfless. When we are most broken, He can work miracles- if not in us in a big showy way- then through us. William looked as broken as anyone can be in mind and body. Yet, love shone out from him through his care-giver.
LIVING TO GLORIFY GOD
Live. Do what you do, and do it with the mind-set that Christ Jesus is in it. God has provided gifts in you that you can use to glorify Him; and especially when you are limited by man’s measure of your ability.
Love. Find Joy in the Lord. Sing. Paint. Pray. Cook. Craft. Observe birds, or events. Wrap your children or grandchildren in your arms and laugh. Visit. Dance. Live – in Christ abundantly.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…” Colossians 3:23.
“Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” I Corinthians 10:31
April Boyer © 2017
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