Better than a dead lion

Hope.

If you are alive, you have it.

You have one chance… one lifetime to make a difference.

Because, at some point, you will die just like everybody else.

And then what?

What will you be remembered for?

A writer named Leo Rosten once said, “I cannot believe the purpose of life is to be happy.  I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate.  It is, above all, to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you have lived at all.”

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You have one shot…

One life.

Make it count…for eternity.

Ecclesiastes 9:4-6

“But he who is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.  For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten.  Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and forever they have no more share in all that is done under the sun.”  (ESV)

When being out of control is the best place you can be

Control.

(Admit it…you like to be in control).

I like to be in control.

Control is comfortable…and I like my comfort.

When I’m in control, things happen on my time.

When I’m in control, things happen my way.

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Unfortunately, I can’t control everything.

I can’t fix everything.

I can’t make things happen all the time.

I don’t always have the “right” answer.

And, it’s in those times that I remember this…

God is in control.

The One who created this whole universe and makes the sun come up every day is in control of my life.

Which means that I don’t have to be in control…

In fact, I can be out of control when I put my trust in God and just let go.

And that’s the best place I can be.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6)  (NIV)

Plan to fail or plan to follow.

2014.

Another year…another chance to make a list of all the things you want to do and be in the next 365 days.

If you consider yourself a Jesus follower, or if you’re wondering what following Jesus is all about, the beginning of a new year gives you another chance to do one of two things…

Plan to fail or plan to follow.

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In his book, “The Spirit of the Disciplines,” Dallas Willard puts it this way…

“Either I must intend to stop sinning or not intend to stop.  There is no third possibility.  I must plan to follow Jesus fully or not plan to follow Him.”

Plans.  Intentions.  Resolutions.

Follow Jesus… or not?

You’ve only got two choices.

Plan to fail or plan to follow.

Choose wisely…

“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me.  If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it.  But, if you give up your life for me, you will find true life.”  Matthew 16:24-25 (NLT)