Is MY Life Worth Living?!?
… The question ‘Is MY Life Worth Living’ struck me this past week as I had the unfortunate opportunity of attending a Brazilian funeral…
That is the real question isn’t it? It’s a real difficult question and sometimes if you’re honest it’s hard to answer. I was asked to attend the funeral of a woman who I had gotten to know over the last several months. She and I were not very close, yet on several occasions she had invited my family into her home for Churrascos and other special family events.
When we received the message that she had passed in the middle of the night it shocked my wife and I. Something like this wasn’t expected, though she was up in years. She was always a kind old woman with an extremely loving family. The next day as we prepared to lay her body to rest I noticed something out of the corner of my eye.
In the next room was another man in a coffin. There were no flowers or mourners, only another old man sitting by his side. It was clear this other gentleman had lost a friend and was there to pay his respects. As the time passed by I still noticed the fact that he was there basically all alone. Looking at this sad situation I began to wonder about this man’s life and ultimately my own life by asking the question: “Is MY Life Worth Living?”
So…. “Is MY Life Worth Living?”
“What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.” Psalms 8:4-5
As a Christian I certainly believe in the value of EVERY life. I believe ALL life was created by God and that it was and is for His purposes. The above scripture is just one of those powerful scriptures that confirms this awesome truth. HOWEVER, I do believe MANY people never live up to their full potential.
Now, I am not saying this man in the example above didn’t live a fulfilled life. He very well could have lived an AMAZING life and maybe people came after I left. I am not God, I do not know the situation. What I am saying is that the moment I saw the above situation it began to make me think about life and death and the question “Is MY Life Worth Living?”
When I think about my own personal experiences in life I can see that the majority of my 29 years in this world have been wasted on selfish and evil desires. It wasn’t until the last 1/3 of my life that I gave control to Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Those twenty years are wasted and the damage is already done. I can’t go back and change things; the only thing I can do is change my future!
We need to COMPLETELY understand this one thing…
Living your life to the fullest means placing your life completely in your maker’s hands and saying: “My Life is NOT My Own… It’s Yours!” That is the theme of Lay Me Down Ministry and it is very intentional. After you come to the understanding that you were created for a purpose it’s clear to see that the only way to find that purpose is by learning what YOUR CREATOR created you for.
Too many of us waste our lives chasing things are not important. Some of us ministers waste too many years chasing goals that are merely our own and not of God. For nearly two years I tried to help a family become missionaries thinking that it was the right thing to do. I convinced myself that it would bring great glory to God because the husband of the family was very convincing that this was their family’s goal. However when the truth came out that it was his goal and not his families it was already too late. My family had already financially destroyed ourselves in an attempt to help them achieve these goals of which he claimed were theirs.
Looking at the situation in hindsight, I could have reasoned that the husband of the family lied to me and that it was the reason for this project’s failure. However, truth be told, it was ultimately my own fault. I could have saved ourselves a lot money, time, and our reputation had I only prayed about my decision before trying to do another good work. My intentions may have been honorable but our plans failed because it wasn’t the desires of God to begin with.
Today I live my life and make my decisions differently. Before I make ANY decisions that will affect my family, relationship, business, or just about ANYTHING… I pray first. I pray and I spend time praying and seeking the face of God for his answers. I am not so quick to jump into things until I am certain it is the desire of God for me to live my life to the fullest. Once I am certain I give 100% of myself because I want to live a life worth living.
There is a fine line between waiting on God and simply doing nothing. I am not the type of person who will just do nothing. If you find that you are like that, PLEASE do not simply use prayer as an excuse to do nothing and ultimately NOT live a life worth living. For everything there is a season, a time, and a place. Your life is very short, you can’t afford to devote yourself to something that isn’t part of God’s plan for you.
If today you are reading this and have struggled with the thought; is my life worth living, I want to you know it is not too late for you. I don’t care how old you may be or what your situation is. As long as you have breath in your lungs you have the amazing gift of life and it is time to live it up to the fullest.