Life is Good

There are times in a man’s life when his eyes are opened to how good life is. I realize we live in a fallen world (thanks to the sin of Adam, Eve and their “posterity descending from them by ordinary generation”), which carries with it hurricanes, floods, economic distress, selfishness (did I mention selfishness?), sickness, rebellion, strife, bitterness, and myriads of other evils rampant in this time between the “already, and the not yet.”

However, I am reminded daily of the preciousness of life. Although one of my boys suffers with Autism, and the other with Tourette’s Syndrome, I am able to love them and they are able to love me (I also have a grown son who suffers with being a high school football coach but that is a different story for a different time). My wife has been battling protruding discs in C5 and C6, but again, I have never doubted her love for me, nor (I think) has she ever doubted my love for her. Of course, there is my own “remaining sin” which I must battle constantly. As Paul said, “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” (Romans 7:15) However, even there, I know that “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)  

So, in reality, life is really good. I have forgiveness in Christ, so I have a glorious eternity to look forward to, and, also, God has placed me in a fallen world with the opportunity to serve those around me. I suppose I could complain about how others treat me (and sadly, sometimes I do), but my focus should be to follow the instructions given me in Romans 12:9-21:

9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.  10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.  11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,1 serve the Lord.  12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.  13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.  14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.  15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.  16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.1 Never be conceited.  17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.  18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.  19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it1 to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”  20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”  21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

And through, and only through, the glorious grace of Christ, can this be a description of my life. May I never lose sight of the fact that God has given me the great privilege of serving others as a “good steward of God’s grace.”

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