Life is a gift. There are times when this statement may seem far from true. You may agree life is a gift, but one that should be returned to the store with all the other lame gifts we have received. I understand this can be even more challenging in the times we live in. We live in a broken world, and this makes life a challenge and difficult at best. This is even without mention of the recent economic hardships we are facing. Yet in it all life is really a gift.
Life is a precious gift from God. Our time on this earth is short. The Bible makes it clear this life is fleeting (James 4:14). While we as Christians have hope in what is to follow our time here on earth, we still want to make the most of the time we have here. It is easy to get caught up in all that is broken in the world, and one doesn’t have to look far to see the injustice and seemingly cruel hand life has dealt so many people on our planet. Even so our hope is in Jesus, and we still must be willing to accept this gift, the gift of life.
Last year I had the privilege of becoming a father for the second time. Watching the birth of both our children has to be the greatest miracle I have ever witnessed. How amazing and wonderful to see our daughters born into this world. What a marvel to see their tiny little fingers and toes, and to see how perfect they were. It is so easy to get caught up in all of the noise that surrounds us; we soon forget how precious life is, and how astonishing a new life coming into this world really is.
Now I don’t have all the answers, and I can’t explain why so many people have to suffer. I have yet to grasp why some are so wealthy and have anything they want and some don’t even have the basic nutrition they need to sustain life. I cannot give you an explanation why innocent people die tragically, or why our family members suffer with heartbreaking ailments. While I can’t answer these questions I still believe life is a gift from God. It is frustrating that our human brains cannot comprehend all that we see going on around us. Yet in it all God is in control (Isaiah 46:9-10).
It is so important that we live this life with everything we have got. This isn’t the dress rehearsal, this is the real thing. I think of the song “I Hope you Dance” and how true those lyrics really are. The last thing we want to do is sit by and be a bystander to this amazing life we have been given. Life should be pursued, celebrated, and cherished. Don’t sit it out, chose to dance, chose to live life to its fullest. Take chances, mend broken relationships, and pursue your passions. Life is too precious of a gift to waste.
I understand life can be daunting. There are times when we don’t even want to get out of that bed. We may not always have the answers, and we still out our hope and trust in God (Romans 8:28). I challenge you to live life with all that you have got. Do not wait for tomorrow or for your situation to change. Life will always present challenges, we know this with certainty. Don’t take your eyes off Jesus. Remember this life is a gift. Chase after it with everything you have got. So what has caused you to recognize how precious life is? What experiences have you had? I would love to hear from you in the comment section below!