23rd February 2013

Life Is For Living

“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life…”
Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)

I heard my friend’s voice from some years ago; “Life is for living”, were his wise words. And I felt them apt for my recent experience. I found myself in an exhibition where the focus was on horror and death. “Yes,” I thought to myself, “Life is all about living.”

Obvious, you might say. However, if it is so clear, why do we keep confusing the aim of life with things that are mere distractions?  Too often life becomes a pursuit of might and power – the ability to intimidate others. We all agree that life is not about amassing money or impressing people, but surely we have to confess that, despite our best intentions, we often do end up focusing on such things.

Christians have great news: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full,” Jesus said in John 10:10.  Rather than all those distractions, we can talk about life. Better than that – we can choose life.  Possibly the most famous verse in the Bible is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus has brought life – his life – to our earth. Because of that, every day is full of amazing possibilities. Every morning is the start of a new day in which we can enjoy this beautiful, colourful world in which we live.  Today is another chance to express our talents and abilities in the light of what our Saviour has done for us.

Let’s choose life, not death. Let’s live blessings rather than curses. As my wise friend said: “Life is for living!”

Holy Father, please help us to realise our full potential of what real life is all about, so that we can, in turn, enhance one another’s lives. We ask this in Jesus Christ’s Holy Name.

Study by John Merchant

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