Make the most of it

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Steadfast and immovable”
Our Bible verse for today: “Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people.” Genesis 25:8 (NIV)
Out thought for today: “Make the most of it”
I recently had another birthday. I turned sixty-eight. Birthdays always put me in a reflective mood. I find myself thinking back over the years, savoring the life the Lord has allowed me to have, and looking forward to what lies ahead.
In Genesis 25:8 we read of the death of Abraham. He died at a good old age, an old man full of years and content with his life. How fortunate he was. So many people don’t get to live a long life. I have a nephew who was killed at the age of five and a younger brother who died at the age of only sixty. I’m so grateful for the sixty-eight years I’ve had, and I pray that maybe my life can end as Abraham’s did, an old man full of years and content with his life. Abraham made the most of the life God gave him.
Doing so is not always easy. It takes intentionality and steadfast determination. I have a friend who turns sixty-three today. He’s had a few health challenges in recent years, including cancer and a couple of other surgeries. But today he is once again healthy and physically fit. He takes care of himself, works out, and plays basketball in a senior men’s league. He even competes in the Senior Olympics. When faced with his health challenges he simply got the treatments and surgeries he needed, did what he needed to do to recover, and got on with living a full and robust life. The point is, my friend lives his life. He makes the most of it – and he does it despite occasional health issues and other obstacles and challenges life typically brings from time to time. 
The singer Jimmy Buffet once sang, “I’d rather die while I’m living than live while I’m dead.” Yes. Too many people live as if they’re more dead than alive. They shuffle through their days, moaning and groaning, always seeking and taking the path of least resistance, and just sort of surviving. What a shame. Each day of life is a gift meant to be embraced, enjoyed, and lived to the fullest.
Every day that you’re alive is one more day than many other people were granted. Don’t waste it. I encourage you to be steadfast in your resolve to make the most of your life.
God bless,
Pastor Jim     
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