Life is a gift

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” NIV

Kyle Lake was the pastor of University Baptist Church in Waco, TX. Every Sunday he closed his sermon with the phrase “Love God, embrace beauty, and live life to the fullest.” Kyle died far too young in October, 2005, but he never failed to remind his church family of how short life could be and how every moment we have on this earth is a gift. Below are some words that he wrote shortly before his death.

Live, and Live Well. BREATHE. Breathe in and breathe deeply. Be PRESENT. Do not be past, do not be future. Be now. On a crystal clear, breezy 70 degree day, roll down the windows and FEEL the wind against your skin. Feel the warmth of the sun. If you run, then allow those first few breaths on a cool autumn day to FREEZE your lungs and do not just be alarmed, be ALIVE. Get knee-deep in a novel and LOSE track of time. If you bike, pedal HARD… and if you crash then crash well. Feel the SATISFACTION of a job well done—a paper well-written, a project thoroughly completed, a play well-performed. If you must wipe the snot from your 3-year olds nose, don’t be disgusted if the Kleenex didn’t catch it all… because soon he’ll be wiping his own. If you’ve recently experienced loss, then GRIEVE. And grieve well. At the table with friends and family, LAUGH. If you’re eating and laughing at the same time, then might as well laugh until you puke. And if you eat, then SMELL. The aromas are not impediments to your day. Steak on the grill, coffee beans freshly ground, cookies in the oven. And TASTE. Taste every ounce of flavor. Taste every ounce of friendship. Taste every ounce of Life.


Each day of life we are given is a new chance to start over, to appreciate the things we have, and to cherish the ones we love. It’s easy to feel down and complain when things aren’t going our way, but we can always find ways to be thankful “for we have all received from his fullness one gracious gift after another.” (John 1:16 NET) He has given us many gifts, but the most precious one of all is the gift of life. The life He offers us is both physical and spiritual, and we need to fully embrace both. Although our life on earth is but a temporary stopping point, we should learn to appreciate the time we have. I believe Ecclesiastes 5:19 sums it all up for us. “It is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life–that is indeed a gift from God.” (NLT)

Please pray with me:
Dear Lord;
Help us to appreciate every minute we’re able to spend with our family and friends. Let us realize just how much You
have blessed us and enable us to live life to the fullest.


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