What if your life really was an open book?

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Books.

Books can be described a lot of different ways…

You might hear someone say…

“That book was a good read…”

“…a real page turner.”

Or, you might hear them use words like…

“Interesting, deep, confusing, inspiring, hard, boring, creative…”

(I think you get the drift…)

What about your life?

You’ve probably heard some form of the phrase, “life is like an open book…”

Which got me thinking…

If your life really is like an open book, what are people reading?

How would people describe your life?  What words or phrases would they use?

What kind of “review” would your life get?

I was reminded recently that people don’t listen to you…

They read you.

They watch you to see what kind of person you are.

Are you really who you say you are?

Because it turns out that our actions really are louder than our words…

People are reading you every day.

And, if you say that you’re a Christian, people are reading you to see who Jesus is too…

Which means you better make your life a “good read.”

1Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

1 Peter 2:12 (NLT)

Life is a race you can win if you run like this…

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Run.

If life is like a race then we all run.

In a typical day, we might run to work or to the store or over to a friend’s house.

We might run errands.

Or, we might run our kids to school or to practice or to whatever it is our kids do.

We might even go for a run.

Every day, our lives are full of running.

Running to the next paycheck…the next raise…the next big job opportunity.

Running to keep up with the crowd, because you don’t want to be the one left out and alone.

Running to make your life mean something…to be somebody.

The question is what are you running for?

What’s your finish line?

Have you ever stopped to think about what you’re really running for?

What’s your purpose?

What did God put you on this earth for?

When your race is over, and you look back on your life, will all of your running mattered?

Is your life right now a race worth running?

God put you on this earth for a reason…your life matters to Him.

Run like it.

He has given you gifts and abilities and relationships and opportunities to make an eternal difference today…and every day of your life on this earth.

You only have one life to run.

Run to win.

“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!”  (I Corinthians 9:24)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  (Hebrews 12:1)

3 Things God Says to You When Life Leaves You Empty

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Empty.

Life can be so full that it leaves you empty.

Empty of time.

Empty of energy.

Empty of peace.

Empty of meaningful relationships.

Empty of hope.

Empty of joy.

Empty of perspective…

Perspective.

What’s your perspective on your life right now?

Have you gotten off track?

Have you forgotten what really matters?

Has the fullness of your life and all the busyness that goes with it limited your perspective of God and what He can do?

If that’s you, and you’re feeling a bit empty, let me remind you of these 3 THINGS that God says to you…

When you are weak, I am strong.  (2 Corinthians 12:9)

When you are tired & weary, I will give you rest.  (Matthew 11:28-30)

When you need help, I will give it to you.  (Psalm 121:1-3)

Don’t let a full day or week or month leave you empty.

Take time in your day to spend with the only One who can ever really fill you up and keep you full.

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
    for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
    He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all times.
    Pour out your heart to him,
    for God is our refuge.

Psalms 62:5-8 (NLT)

What a tree stump taught me about legacy

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Legacy.

Not a word we probably think about that much…at least for ourselves.

We tend to think that the word legacy is for people who make the news.

Or for the historical figures who have shaped our world.

But, what if legacy wasn’t just for them?

What if legacy was for all of us?

What if you lived the kind of life that helped other people live even after you died?

Kind of like this dead tree stump my wife came across yesterday on a hike…

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The stump was clearly dead, but out of that stump grew…more life.

And, I think that’s a picture of legacy…

A picture of the legacy we should all be leaving even after we die.

Who will be impacted by your legacy?

Who will you still be giving life to even after you’re dead?

We need to start asking these questions now before it’s too late…

And all that’s left of our lives is a dead stump.

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:5 (NLT)