Inside: Thriving through life no matter what happens and ten ways a Christian can Live Life Well.
Four years ago, our family moved across the state. My husband and I were restless and felt moving to a new area was where God was calling us. In the depths of our hearts, we were confident this new place would bring us more happiness and peacefulness than our current home near the banks of the Rock River.
As we wrapped our precious belongings in bubble wrap, we kept our focus on our new life across the state. Everything that was keeping us from feeling happy in our current place would cease when our toes touched our new land by the Mississippi River.
Even though this particular time was trying (packing and moving six family members), the next phase of establishment would be better.
Isn’t that what we are betting on when we move from one place to another, whether it’s a new move or season?
And then it wasn’t. Unpacking and settling were even harder than packing up and moving. Getting ready packing to leave lasted a short period, but getting used to our new home has taken time.
Living Life Well
What happened to the instant happiness, isn’t that why we moved? Why was I dissatisfied?
Doesn’t this happen to us a lot? We think life will be better when we graduate high school, and then six months later, we regret it and desire the safety within the walls of Madison High. Life will be happy when we’re married, and then the honeymoon is over, and reality happens.
Do you ever think back over your life and wonder what the heck you were thinking?
A hard season happened, and you complained and thought of throwing in the towel. However, after that hard season, an even more challenging phase happened which made the previous season look like a cake walk?
I don’t know about you, but it seems like dissatisfaction is always present in my current season. I wish things were different (sometimes it’s even myself I wish was different).
Maybe if I was less uptight, I could enjoy the mess my children create around the house. Or my back was less painful, and I could participate more at church.
Can I ever be just content and happy right where I am?
Embracing Our Life Regardless of What Happens
I’ve been thinking about this lately. When I stand before Jesus on Judgement Day, and He shows me the reel of my life, will I be embarrassed by my lack of happiness?
Am I living life well ….as a Christian?
Jesus is the model example of living life well here on earth. (Yea, I know He was God, but He was also fully human when He came to live here.)
Let me first point out. Living life well doesn’t mean hard things don’t come our way. To me, it means rising beyond struggles and problems but also accepting those times as periods of growth and development.
10 Ways a Christian can Live Life Well
1. Intentional relationship with God.
2. Maintain an active prayer life.
3. Surround yourself with Christian friends.
4. Serve others over self.
5. Remember who you are in God.
6. Choose love over evil.
7. Grasp your purpose over your pain.
8. Accept pain is the key to growth.
9. Life isn’t about you, but God’s Kingdom growth.
10. Be humble, compassionate and remember words can hurt.
Jesus lived a life well. He touched others and made a difference in their lives. When He ascended into Heaven, He lived on in His follower’s hearts.
Do you have another example of someone who lived life well?
Mother Teresa, although by the world’s standards she didn’t live “well.” She lived and worked among the poor, sick and the diseased. She begged for food and loved the unwanted. Mother Teresa also battled struggles with depression.
Her life didn’t mean she lived without pain and suffering, but rather she chose to live above what she experienced. Mother Teresa’s eyes focused on things she couldn’t see. Her faith was firm in the beyond instead of the here and now.
Life-Embracers Accept All of Life
Those who are living life well know there’s more happening than just what is physically seen. Life- Embracers realize happiness is a fleeting feeling, but joy is eternal. Joy is in the hands of the Creator who holds, guides and loves them eternally.
When we can roll with the punches and endure whatever life throws at us with a heavenly perspective, life will begin to mean more, and we will understand each season is a launching pad for more growth and wisdom.
God is happy to supply us with the desire and the perseverance to live our life well. May we find the fleeting moments of happiness in the season we are in and the constant joy that awaits us as we seek our Father and live for His purpose.
11 You will show me the way of life,
granting me the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with you forever (Psalm 16:11, NLT).
Can an unbeliever live life well? Thoughts and comments appreciated!