Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Living Fully

flickr/Matt B

Do you feel your life is all it can be? Do you yearn for life to be fuller? A friend once recited this poem to me:
There once was a cautious gal, who never romped or played;
She never drank, she never smoked, from the path she never strayed.
So when she passed away the insurance was denied;
For since she never really lived they claimed she never died!
Of course, I don’t think these behaviors describe quality living, but I do think most people want to experience life as fully as possible. This has always been the case. Even two thousand years ago, Jesus, that great lover of life from Galilee, recognized our universal yearning for life when he said, “I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

And, of course, “romping,” “playing,” and “straying from the path” have little to do with how fully one experiences life. Abundant living is more about how we love the other people on this planet, how we care for ourselves and how well we honor our God. It has to do with joy and laughter, kindness, forgiveness and peace. It means taking time for what is truly necessary.

One man was asked if he believed in life after death. His wife spoke first. “Life after death?” she said. “He doesn’t even believe in life after dinner!”

I believe in life after death. But I also believe in life before death. Abundant and full and beginning today.

-- Steve Goodier

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2 comments:

LB said...

Hi,

Just wanted to share a quote from 'George Carlin'...

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave
with the intention of arriving safely in an
attractive and well preserved body,
but rather to skid in sideways -
Chardonnay in one hand -
chocolate in the other -
body thoroughly used up,
totally worn out, and
screaming "WOO HOO, What a Ride!"

Anonymous said...

A full life also involves standing up for and defending what's right, even if it hurts. It is tempting to ignore or turn your back on things that may turn unpleasant or be painful, but every life is presented with these situations and to have a truly full life means you acknowledge them, take time to correct any injustice you can, then take time to do what you can to aid any casualties. A life cannot be truly full if it doesn't include taking a stand against the mean or ugly side of life when it is encountered, and it will be encountered. There is more to life than pleasure, fun and games.

LF December 16, 2015 at 4:07 AM