Life itself is a gift. While it’s true that we don’t all come into this world under the same circumstances, it is also true that regardless of the circumstance, each birth has purpose. As we are trying to figure out our own purpose we sometimes squander our lives, some more severely than others. It’s not a deal breaker! Even on the cloudiest of days, the sun rises every morning. As long as there is true light in our lives there is purpose. With God we have the capacity, strength and courage to live a purpose driven life.
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfilment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures. James 1:16-27
The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land… the crops of the land of Canaan. Joshua 4:19-5:1,10-15 Having been brought out of the wilderness, the spiritual food of manna was no longer provided. Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum writes: The Jews in the desert were provided with spiritual food, manna from heaven. For forty years, every morning was spent foraging for this special foodstuff. Now, if G‑d wanted to miraculously ensure His nation’s survival in a desert, He needn’t have invented manna and have it miraculously appear daily. He could have played around with nature in another way, by reducing our dependency on food. No appetite, no hunger, no problem. Often, it doesn’t occur to us that as we hold to our faith in this journey, God is feeding us in more ways than we realize. If we are able to perceive God’s provision for every day with gratitude, every act of love along our journey helps to move us closer to the place physically and spiritually where God has always intended us to be, in the presence of God. Where ever you are today, take heart. Life is a gift.
…and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:34-42 Life is the capacity to grow, reproduce, function and change. Yet somehow I don’t think this is quite what Jesus was asking us to lose. Marcus Aurelius wrote; “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” I believe Christ’s statement is about our perspective on how we live; how we grow, reproduce, function and change. We work hard to become who we are; to define the moment at which we can effectively express our purpose and our goals. We recognize, that what God has allowed us to do and be, is his gift to us. Yet, now that we have found our “self” life in the world, are we willing to lose our life of self in the world in order to find our life in Christ?
Let your gifts be for yourself, or give your rewards to someone else! Daniel 5:13-30 I really like Daniel’s attitude. I believe the story that follows his statement to King Belshazzar is a lesson in learning from other peoples’ past experiences. It is to help us understand that what God reveals for one of us is a revelation for all of us. Sometimes, by God’s grace we are allowed to see various things happen without having to personally experience it. We owe it to ourselves to transform our own lives according to the grace that God provides through others who have gone before us. We don’t know that tomorrow we will have an opportunity to unbind ourselves from the things of the world. Daniel knew that life itself is a gift and each day it offers many rewards. God only asks that we honor him above all of them. The good news is that today if the writing is on the wall, through Christ we don’t have to lose our lives.