Making A Life

“Put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds” Eph 4:23

No doubt we would all agree with the sentiment, “There’s more to life than things.” Yet much of our lives seem to be spent in the acquisition, maintenance, and disposal of material goods. Certainly we cannot enjoy the basics of food, shelter, and clothing without a concern for things. 

The truly important things in life, however, are those which cannot be encountered by the physical senses, purchased with money, or placed on a shelf. When we take a look at what we value most in life we generally find family, friends, health, peace, contentment, laughter, helping others, and communion with the Lord foremost on our list of priorities. 

One of the ways to get at the “free” things in life is to follow this advice of Sidney Lovett:

“Give the best you have received from the past to the best that you may come to know in the future.” 

“Accept life daily not as a cup to be drained but as a chalice to be filled with whatsoever things are honest, pure, lovely, and of good report. Making a living is best undertaken as part of the more important business of making a life.”

“Every now and again take a good look at something not made with hands – a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream. There will come to you wisdom and patience and solace, and above all, the assurance that you are not alone in the world.”

Meditate on the intangibles as you spend this time alone with the Lord. Take a moment to stare out a window or sit in a garden, and undertake the important business of making a life. 

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