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Tuesday, July 4th, '17

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MIGHT AS WELL LIVE WHILE YOU LIVE

"While I live I will praise the Lord..." (Psalm 146:2)

 

Now is the time for praising and living. So much of what we do is future tense, pie-in-the-sky bye and bye, maybe someday. Fact is, one day they'll wheel your bluing body down the coroner's hallway on a stainless-steel gurney, little yellow tag tied to your ice-cold toe. As it has been said, our lives are just a dash, the short dash on a headstone dividing between birth date and final goodbye. How much life will have been lived in that dash?    

 

The philosophers have spoken, "Life is a coin, you can spend it however you wish but you can only spend it once". Arnold Glasgow added, "Make your life a mission, not an intermission". And Forbes reasoned, "Don't forget until too late that the business of life is not business, but living". The chief parental shortcoming is in teaching the children how to make a living but not how to make a life. Another advised, "The question is not, 'what if I die tomorrow?' It is, 'what if I live another twenty or thirty years the way I am?"

 

Seventy years is a long time, but so is 930, Adam's age when he passed on. We know so little of the first couple's latter years, or I mean, centuries. All we know is that they "had sons and daughters" (Genesis 5:4). That is splendid, but could you tell me more? No, the sacred record is silent. We are not briefed on whether they moved to the Gulf Coast or if they spent the rest of their lives busting sod at the old home place. Did they do the funky chicken on their hundredth birthdays? Inquiring minds want to know.

 

All those decades and not a single news headline? Like the TV commercial says, I don't want to be that guy. Instead, what should we do? - laugh a lot, dance, go fishing, visit every national park, there is probably one within driving distance, order strawberry lemonade at Applebees, take care of your knees, floss, eat the artwork on the cake frosting first, quit saving old bank statements, take the leap of faith depending on nothing but the rip cord of your parachute, be a risk-taker not a caretaker, wear a bright orange tie. Do what the Tim McGraw song suggests; see if you can break 2.7 seconds on a bull names Fu Manchu. No, I haven't tried that but I did ride the grandkids' battery operated mini-cycle the other day. In a word...Live!


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