The recent, sudden, and unexpected deaths of two friends within the past two weeks have once again sharpened my focus on the 2012 theme of Clarify and Simplify. Clarifying what life is really about, and simplifying my life so I can be completely aligned with it’s real purpose.
God created us to be friends with him, to love him and to bask in His Love. We became selfish instead, and wanted all the good things He made for us to serve our own ends, instead of His. Despite our selfishness, He became like one of us through His Son Jesus Christ, and not only showed us the way to live, but bridged the chasm that was created when we rebelled against Him. He suffered and died by taking the sins of the whole world upon Himself, to pay the just penalty of our disobedience.
He came to life again and showed once and for all, that Death was defeated, through Him.
So, what is life all about? Loving God with all my strength, thoughts, words, and actions, first and foremost. Then loving my neighbors, including those that are not so lovable, and those who are diseased, poor, imprisoned, starving and dying. The widow, the orphan, even people who belong to another political party, or who have different skin color and customs that I have.
Louise and Dave, thank you for your lives and the memories I’ll always have of each of you.
God, thank you for the reminder that life is short, and life lived to the fullest really is a life of loving you and loving others. Of being God-centered and others-centered, not being self-centered.
May I deliberately strip away the things in life that I have complicated it with, and simplify to the point that loving God and loving others is as natural as breathing.