An acquaintance of mine likes to respond to the question, “How are you today?” with, “Lovin’ life man!” It makes me smile. I smile because I appreciate the raw enthusiasm of his answer, but my smile also masks a bit of uncertainty. There are many things to love about life, but deep down we each know the truth; life can hurt. In fact, even when life is very, very good, there is always the gnawing reality that everything in this world is temporary, fragile and unpredictable. The bible declares: “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” Now THAT is true life, life that cannot ever be taken away. Shadows of darkness may obscure true life for a moment, but “joy comes in the morning!” So I guess he is right after all, and today I am lovin’ life! LORD, You are my Life and Light!
John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come” is an allegory written while he was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. Until we reach the Golden Gates of Heaven we must progress in our walk of faith here on earth. Each time I think I understand God’s ways and means He turns the diamond and new facets of His splendor emerge. For the true believer there is no spiking the ball in the end zone on this side of Glory; there is no settling down where we are in this life. Not only am I tolerant of this constantly changing status, I am genuinely thankful for it. I am being pulled toward eternal purpose that I cannot fathom but I instinctively know awaits me. So I’ll keep my shoes on until it’s over. Lord, though I struggle in Your arms, You never let me go. Keep me moving toward Your perfect will. Help me never miss a turn or stop unnecessarily. Keep me progressing toward Your perfect will.