Good, Better, Best

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life” Deut. 30:19-20

As children, we can’t wait to grow up and finish school. In our twenties, we scramble for a job and try to decide which career is the best fit. In our thirties, we struggle to balance home and work. In our forties, some of us face the empty nest and use the time to rediscover old passions or find new activities to challenge us. In our fifties, we make a last push to prepare for the inevitable retirement. Movement, movement, movement. 

Then, one day, the daily grind comes to an abrupt halt and we have a choice to make: vegetate or keepRichard Hamming moving. If we’re fortunate like Richard Wesley Hamming, we don’t have to wonder how we’ll fill the time. In the late 1940’s, Hamming wrote the codes known as the Hamming Codes. They enable computers to correct their own mistakes. For the last twenty years he has been “educating admirals” in computer science at a Navy school. Hamming, now 81, admits the older he gets, the harder it is to stay enthused – but he’s not quitting and neither should you. 

We can’t always depend on others to inspire us, so how do we maintain our zest for living? Ask yourself this: Will it be difficult to stay inspired in heaven? Not a chance! There is no sickness, unlimited energy, and an environment of peace, love, and joy. The good news is, Jesus told us we don’t have to wait for the kingdom of heaven; it’s inside of us. (see Luke 17:20-21

Today, when things get tough, look within and bring some heaven to earth!

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