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834th -- Passionate Living


There are many moments when we take life for granted and we do not 
appreciate the precious time that God has given us to be alive on the 
Earth. What we must realize is that tomorrow may be our last day and 
instead of murmuring and complaining about trivial things that do not 
matter, we should instead be appreciative for what we do have and live our
life with renewed vision seeing our many blessings, appreciating our loved
ones and anticipating tomorrow with a refreshed fervor for life. We will
never know when our last day will be and this is all the more reason that
we should make the most of each day that we have on this beautiful planet
that God has given us. Be encouraged to see your many blessings and do 
not continue to wait for your tomorrows to start enjoying today. (Psalm 118:24)

I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to see your life 
with a refreshed outlook. Do all that you can to get the most out of your
life because before we know it, it will pass all too quickly.


One man quipped: “It's not that I'm afraid of dying. It's just that I've 
been alive for as long as I can remember, and I'm kind of set in my ways.”

Some people are afraid of dying. Others are not concerned about their 
death...but they worry about how they're going to get there. Will illness
linger? Or will it be sudden?

I can't even guess how or when I might die, but knowing my life will end 
has actually helped me to live more passionately. I think others have 
discovered the same phenomenon.

Journalists Bill and Judith Moyers documented death and dying in the U.S.
They discovered that many terminal patients they interviewed actually 
began to live with joy and passion only after they learned they were 
dying. Like one man said, “If you are told you will never see spring 
again, and you live to see spring, spring takes on a whole new life.”

Psychologist Abraham Maslow had a similar experience. After his first 
heart attack he realized that his remaining days on earth were short. He 
wrote about it to a friend: “My river never seemed so beautiful (Maslow 
lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the Charles River). The confrontation
with death -- and reprieve from it -- makes everything look so precious, so
sacred, so beautiful and I feel more strongly than ever the impulse to love
it, to embrace it, and to let myself be overwhelmed by it...”

Can you imagine feeling that way? He ends with this remarkable statement:
“Death and its ever present possibility makes love, passionate love, more
possible. I wonder if we could love passionately, if ecstasy would be 
possible at all, if we knew we'd never die.”

Why wait until we are told by a doctor that we may not have much time to 
live. Aren't we all terminal? We became so at birth. And that is a 
wonderful thing to know. For strange as it may seem, knowing life is all 
too short can help us to live...beautifully, meaningfully, passionately.

It is a matter of embracing every day as if it were your last. Saying what
needs to be said today. Making plans to do today what you've been putting
off. And taking some time maybe just to do nothing but appreciate life.

Like Emily says in Thornton Wilder's play “Our Town”: “Do any human beings
ever realize life while they live it -- every, every minute?” I hope that
I can say, “Yes, at least a few times, I think I really did.”

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus declares
“Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are
heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn 
of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your
souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”

Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my 
supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in
Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my 
song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving 
strength of His anointed.”

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if 
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today's Selected Poem: AFTER THE RAIN
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem84.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: RESCUED FROM DEPRESSION
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony37.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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