Live life large

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “How to inhabit time”
Our Bible verse for today: “Here I am today, eighty-five years old. I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out. My strength for battle and for daily tasks is now as it was then.” Joshua 14:10-11 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Live life large”
The words recorded in Joshua 14:10-11 were spoken by one of my personal Biblical heroes, Caleb. Caleb lived in the next generation after Moses and was a contemporary of Joshua. Along with Joshua, Caleb was one of the spies sent out by Moses to reconnoiter the Promised Land and to bring back a report. And along with Joshua, Caleb insisted that the people go forward and take possession of the land as God commanded.
But of course, they didn’t do it. They wandered in the wilderness for forty years instead. Now, in Joshua 14:10-11, we find the eighty-five-year-old Caleb finally in the Promised Land and taking possession of his inheritance. He was still feisty, healthy, strong, bold – and still kicking butt and taking names.
I want to be Caleb!
He reminds me of my Aunt Pat. She’s eighty-seven and still a firecracker. Aunt Pat is one of those people who has always lived life full-steam-ahead. She embraces every moment, grabs it by the shoulders, shakes it up real good, straightens its tie, and then moves on to the next moment. She’s always been like that.
She now lives in an assisted living center in New Jersey. She’s in a wheelchair and needs assistance with many basic daily tasks. But she’s still everywhere, all the time, involved in everything, dispensing advice, giving instructions, and living life large. (I think she may be the mayor of her hallway. And if she wasn’t actually elected to that position, she probably just went ahead and appointed herself to it.)
Yesterday we thought about life in terms of seasons. We considered the truth that every season of life holds the potential for blessings and joys that are unique to that season of life. But it’s up to us to recognize and appreciate the potential and the opportunities that come with each season, and then choose to take advantage of them.
I urge you not to miss the moments of your life. Be Caleb (or Aunt Pat). Grab each moment by the shoulders, shake it up real good, straighten its tie, and then move on to the next one. Experience it all. Take advantage of every opportunity. Live life large.
God bless,
Pastor Jim 
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