Monday, December 7, 2009

Don't Squander One Bit Of This Marvelous Life!

A banker. In trouble. Contemplates taking his life.
A WaMu executive, 2008?
No - James Stewart as George Bailey - 1946.
Long before the end of World War II Paul talked about the value of life.
Not just your whole life - bet every minute OF that life...
2 Corinthians 6
1 -10 "Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don't squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us.
God reminds us,
I heard your call in the nick of time;
The day you needed me, I was there to help.
Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped.
Don't put it off;
don't frustrate God's work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we're doing.
Our work as God's servants gets validated—or not—in the details.
People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly . . .
in hard times, tough times, bad times;
when we're beaten up, jailed, and mobbed;
working hard, working late, working without eating;
with pure heart, clear head, steady hand;
in gentleness, holiness, and honest love;
when we're telling the truth,
and when God's showing his power;
when we're doing our best setting things right;
when we're praised, and when we're blamed;
slandered, and honored;
true to our word, though distrusted;
ignored by the world, but recognized by God;
terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead;
beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die;
immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy;
living on handouts, yet enriching many;
having nothing, having it all.
11 -13 Dear, dear Corinthians, I can't tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life.
We didn't fence you in.
The smallness you feel comes from within you.
Your lives aren't small, but you're living them in a small way.
I'm speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection.
Open up your lives.
Live openly and expansively!"
Don't squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us.

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