Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Life and Tim McGraw

"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.'" (John 11:25) 
Jesus is I AM LIFE.

This past weekend, we celebrated Easter - a holiday of life as a result of the death of an all-powerful God. It amazes me that Jesus was born for the end purpose of dying on a cross to save the lives of all mankind. Would you do that? It's easy to visualize ourselves as the hero of our own story. Of course we would go to the rescue of a loved one, we would brave a bullet or a bad guy, we would fight for their right to live, and for those we really love, we would die in their place. But do we really understand the motivation behind Jesus' gruesome death on a cross?

Jesus said, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the FULL." (John 10:10) His blood ransomed the lives of all mankind so we are not merely living but living to the fullest potential possible when we follow Him.

Abundant life. Utilizing every moment. We exist for a purpose - to glorify God and make Him known. How are you demonstrating this philosophy to those around you? We celebrated the death of Jesus on Easter, but ultimately, we celebrated the life that we can have in Him if we choose to obey. 

Freedom. Fullness. Life Abundant. Purpose. I desperately desire to live a life that is worthy, filled with meaning and drive, enjoying every moment, touching lives wherever I go, taking time to stop and smell the flowers, growing, changing, being the best version of myself that I can possibly be. With Jesus we thrive rather than simply exist, have direction rather than aimlessly wander. That is LIFE to the FULL!

Enjoy others thoughts on living well:

"The purpose of life is a life of purpose." Robert Byrne

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Martin Luther King

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."  Erma Bombeck

"Our talents are the gift that God gives to us... What we make of our talents is our gift back to God." Leo Buscaglia

One of my favorite country artists is Tim McGraw. Though not always biblical, many of his songs capture inspiring philosophies. Enjoy his song called "Live Like You Were Dying."

It's never too late to follow the one and only Son of God who died for you. It's never too late to start living life to the fullest!


  1. The thought of dying for someone else is nearly incomprehensible to me. I think it would have to be spontaneous, because if I stopped to think it through, I might not jump into a river or run into a burning house. Jesus dying for us amazes me. Recently I was memorizing Romans 5 and in vs. 6-8 we are told that Christ died for us when we were still sinners. He precedes that by saying, "scarcely will one die for a righteous person . . . one might dare to die for a good person." I looked in Strongs at the Greek for righteous person and good person. I won't go into all the details, but the idea that sifted into my brain is that the righteous man is a perfectly obedient man, but a good man is good natured--perhaps a good old boy. To me it draws such a distinction between the kind of person Jesus would die for--a deplorable sinner--and those for which humans die.

  2. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed hearing that