As I went through the daily ordeal of getting up and dealing with a physical body that thinks it is a piece of lumber, I thought about how thankful I was to even be able to get up. As bad as I feel most mornings, compared to the alternatives, I am thankful to be alive.
“I wanna live like there's no tomorrow
Love like I'm on borrowed time
It's good to be alive, yeah”
Jason Gray – “So good to be alive”
Truly the prayer of my heart and soul is to live like there is no tomorrow and love like I am on borrowed time—for I am!!!!! When I think back to all the times in my life God stepped in and either saved me from an enemy or myself, I am filled with wonder and have no choice but to bow in humble adoration of His grace and mercy.
We are humans, and because of this we will occasionally grumble and complain about our lot in life. But, as children of God we should quickly renew our minds and realize how much we have to be thankful for. No matter how badly things may be going or how difficult the present time might be, we are still blessed with every spiritual blessing and have been given exceeding great and precious promises by God Himself.
It is so very easy to become negative, angry or full of self pity. It is so easy to freak out, be anxious or filled with panic. It is easy to fall prey to the temptations associated with this world or to succumb to the pressures associated with life. Believe it or not, it is also easy to relinquish all of this stuff to God and be filled with His peace and assurances that “all is well”.
You know, it makes very little difference how good or bad you feel when it comes to praising God. We can praise Him in the good times and the bad. It makes very little difference how rich or poor you are when it comes to being thankful. The greatest things we have in this life are the intangibles that cannot be purchased like love, joy, peace and hope.
If the Lord tarries, each and every one of us will one day find ourselves at death’s door. I pray that when that day comes, we can be filled with thanksgiving for all God allowed us to have and everything He allowed us to do in this life for Him. Oh how I pray when that day comes we are not filled with dread or remorse but rather great expectation for what lies ahead.
We should indeed live each day like there is no tomorrow and love like we are on borrowed time—because we are. Let us resolve to no longer linger charmed by the world’s delights or broken down by the pressures of living. Let us arise and joyfully greet the day with joy and thankfulness (no matter how we feel).
I am one of those people who, like yourself, am fully aware that I am living on "borrowed time". I am very thankful of course, that God has granted me some more time in this world to be with family, friends and to be of use to Him here as well. Generally people who say they would be glad to cross the river of death and go to heaven at this very moment are people who are healthy and not in danger of heading across at the moment. When death really looks them in the face those are generally the people who suddenly don't want to go!
With "deliverance" though, comes great responsibility. This is just not true when God physically rescues us. It is true spiritually as well. When we are rescued from sin it is not simply to rescue us. It is also so that we may go out and make an impact in this world for Christ. Are we living like there's no tomorrow?
Excellent Entry Brother.
[quote]We are humans, and because of this we will occasionally grumble and complain about our lot in life. But, as children of God we should quickly renew our minds and realize how much we have to be thankful for. [/quote] - Amen !!
Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful message.
True TRue TRUe TRUE!! So easy to complain but then you think of others enduring situations so much worse! May we always be thankful for each and every day ("Each day is a gift"), and to "count our blessings". I'm starting to feel the effects of time on my body too..my knees give out, my back hurts, sometimes it is hard to move...but then you see someone who cannot walk at all and you realize that as painful as each step may be at times...PTL for those steps!! wink. I admit I'm not to the "easy" part of "let go and let God" and to experience the complete peace in such...but it is a journey. Thank you for your blog! I like the quote "Every day above ground is a good day"