Loving the life you Live!

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The number of people who commit suicide yearly; and the number of people who suffer from chronic depression is a sad reminder that more should be done to help everyone appreciate the gift of life. There are many whose existential reality consists of the ennui that mar their soul and leave them feeling empty and dejected. These persons struggle to find a reason to smile and a purpose to pursue. They agonize over every decision and are caught between the paradox of desiring a life of meaning while living lives of insignificance. This absurdity often mars their perception of the life they can live and the joy they can experience. They often live without balance and are seldom enthusiastic about the impact they can have on others.

Jesus came so we may have abundant life. It’s not enough to just live; we have to love the life we live. To do that, we have to change our perception about God, ourselves and others. We have to balance the many areas of our lives so we can appreciate the overflowing presence of the Divine working through us as agents of love, life and joy.

You can’t internalize and personalize every criticism and every negative happening in the world if you want to remain sane. Nor should you allow your happiness to be predicated upon personal accomplishments, or the approval of others. Instead, I recommend you find the child within and begin to cherish life for the joy it brings and for the challenges it presents.

Loving life is a survival tool that none can afford to suppress. It is a mantra the mystics should profess; a philosophy the agnostic should live by, a theology that believers should practice, and a principle the atheist can believe in. There is more to life that just the number of breaths we take, the education we received, the career we’ve chosen, and our standing in our social circle. Every second of every day is a moment to behold; a moment that should take our breath away. 

We shouldn’t fall victim to the paralysis of fear and worthlessness. Each of us has inside a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! – Anne Frank.

No one should get to the end of their life and find that they lived just the length of it. You have to live the full breath of it with joy and balance. Life should not be a journey to the grave. Rather it should be an odyssey filled with trials and triumphs. It should not be lived like a prison sentence; rather like a graduation party as we go through different stages of life.

Whether everything is going well or not, you should cherish and honor your life. If you love the life you have, you will have the life you always wanted to live. God did not send you to earth to be miserable and defeated. That’s why He gave you power to fashion your own destiny and to live with purpose. He created you fearfully and wonderfully for good works which he created for you to do before the creation of the world. Therefore, your time on earth should not be spent in misery and loneliness; rather you should be engaged in the works of ministry so you can find fulfillment as you help to heal the broken hearted, feed the hungry, and bring hope to the hopeless. Then you will be excited about waking up every day so you can see the hands of God move, the love of God celebrated and the power of God manifested through you.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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