Pastor's Pen, March 2011

"It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up -- that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had." - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Living each day to the fullest . . . that’s probably the dream or wish of most of us.  But what does it mean to live each day fully.  Does it mean accomplishing all the tasks and projects that are on my “to-do” list? I hope not because I’m pretty sure there’s more on my list than I can complete in one day.  Even if I could complete them all, I don’t think it would leave me very fulfilled? 

Does it mean shrugging off responsibility to live this day in any manner we choose?   Probably not because fulfilling my daily responsibilities helps to make tomorrow a better day.  And like the answer to the previous question, it would not be very fulfilling to shrug off those responsibilities.

If we turn to the Bible, though, we could find some clue to living each day fully in the words of Jesus. Jesus said,  I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of (John 10:10, The Message). And the psalmist proclaims, This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24, KJV). That helps, doesn’t it?  To live each day fully is to live each day in relationship with God.  In that relationship we discover the joy of living each day as a gift from God.

I look forward to seeing you in worship Sunday.


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