Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Live Like You Were Dying

Hadley Baker

Hebrews 12:1-2
 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

A few years back country artist Tim McGraw rocked the airwaves with his song “Live Like You Were Dying.” It’s the story of a man who learns he has terminal cancer and knows he will soon die. Upon learning this, he decides to live his life to the fullest; doing things he has never done before. Mountain climbing. Bull riding. Sky diving. He loves more deeply than he ever has. He forgives those who have hurt him.

Do you ever feel like the passion is lacking in your relationship with Christ? Like you are not living life to the fullest? In the grind of life, it’s easy to lose sight of what is most important. Our spiritual life can take a back seat to work, bills, school, homework, laundry, cell phones. If you feel yourself slipping into this kind of an existence, be intentional about creating margin in your life to refocus on what matters most. Give up that sitcom to spend some time in prayer. Shut down the lap-top and open up the Bible. Do whatever you must do to get refocused on what is truly important—a passionate pursuit of Jesus Christ.

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