Living richly?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Are you "just living" today; or, are you surviving? Sometimes doesn’t it make sense that we need to take stock of our lives and just, well, live them to the fullest. It doesn't matter what we wear, where we live or what we have to eat as long as we are alive and living?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Sometimes I wonder who is the wiser, a five-year-old who knows little but thinks much or a 58-year-old who knows much but rations his thinking. My little grandson Jakob was visiting Papa and Nana recently and for a rare moment he wasn't running, shouting or eating. I came down the hallway into the living room and there he was, just sitting on the floor looking out the window, head in hands. "What 'ya doing?" I asked. He just stared for a moment longer and then quietly told me in his best, small whisper voice, "Papa, I'm just living." I smiled but then it hit me. Jakob was DOING something rather important: living the moment, nearly buried in it. Who was the wiser? Was it Papa who always had to be doing something? Or, was it Jakob who was living the moment so deeply and thoroughly? It gave me pause to think.

Here's a story: There is a story of a wealthy man named Karl who loved to ride his horse over his vast estate. On one such ride, he came across an old tenant farmer named Hans. Hans had just stopped to eat his lunch in the shade of an oak tree and had his head bowed in prayer. His prayer finished, Hans looked up and said, "Greetings, sire and God bless you! I was just giving thanks for my food." "Humph!" snorted Karl, seeing the coarse dark bread and cheese that were the old man's lunch. "If that was all I had to eat, I don't think I would feel like giving thanks." "Oh, it is quite sufficient," said Hans. "Yet it is more than remarkable that you should ride by today, sire. I feel I should tell you about a strange dream I last night." "And, what was that?" asked Karl. "I was standing in a place of peace and beauty and heard a voice saying, 'The wealthiest man in the valley will die tonight.'" "Nonsense!" Karl quipped and he galloped away. "Die tonight?" mused Karl. It was a silly thought. He felt fine, and surely the best thing for him to do was to forget the old man's dream. But he couldn't. As the day went on, he realized he didn't feel well at all. So he sent for his doctor and told him the story. "Sounds foolish to me," replied the doctor, "Karl, you're as strong and healthy as can be. Forget that old man and his stupid dream!" Feeling a bit foolish, he thanked the doctor and went to bed. The next morning, there was a loud knocking at Karl's door. "It's about one of your tenants," the messenger said. "Old Hans died in his sleep last night." (Author unknown)

Are you "just living" today; or, are you surviving? My little grandson pegged it well. Sometimes we need to take stock of our lives and just, well, live them to the fullest. It doesn't matter what we wear, where we live or what we have to eat as long as we are alive and living. Today is the best time to figure that out for yesterday is past and tomorrow belongs to no man. You too can be the "wealthiest man in the valley" despite your lack of fame, riches or prosperity. Like Jakob, all it takes is the knowledge that today is the best time for living, just living.

We pray. “Father, according to Scripture it’s “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to Your mercy that we are saved.” Your mercy is especially made known to us when Jesus left heaven to be born of a virgin, when He walked among us in human flesh, and when He died for our sins. As we surrender our lives to You our works of righteousness and goodness will be a testimony of the transformation that has taken place in our lives. May we leave a legacy of kindness so that we are well spoken of by everyone, not for our self-glory but for the glory of God and just plain living. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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