DayBreaks for 10/24/13 – Alive and Living
Some time ago I saw a story about an Army veteran, John Crabtree, who’d had been receiving benefits from the government. Evidently he had been wounded in Vietnam and was now on permanent disability. One day, out of the blue, he received an official notification from the government of his own death. Needless to say, this was quite a shock to Mr. Crabtree!
Mr. Crabtree wrote the government a letter stating that he was indeed very much alive and would like to continue receiving his benefits. The letter did no good. He then tried calling the government. (Have you ever tried to call the government? This required the patience of Job and the persistence of Noah!) The phone calls didn’t change the situation either. Finally, as a last resort, the veteran contacted a local television station, which ran a human-interest story about his situation.
During the interview, the reporter asked him, “How do you feel about this whole ordeal?” The veteran chuckled and said, “Well, I feel a little frustrated by it. After all, have you ever tried to prove that you’re alive?”
That’s a pretty good question for all of us. Could you prove that you are alive? Really, genuinely, deep-down alive? The passage from John 3:36 says that we have eternal life – in the present tense, at the present time. We are also told that we who are in Jesus have life, and we are supposed to have it more abundantly than ever before!!!!
When was the last time you had an alive moment? Not the last time you took a breath or had your heart beat inside your chest, but the last time you felt yourself alive to your living, alive to your loving, deeply present with the gift of life itself? Life is a gift from God. He doesn’t give bad gifts. He gives life. We have to choose whether we will go out and live it the way He wants us to live it – filled with joy, delight, wonder and awe for this great gift with which we have been entrusted! – Adapted from R. Scott Colglazier, Finding a Faith That Makes Sense, St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1996, 116-117.
PRAYER: What a precious gift you have given us – to live, to enjoy sunshine and rain, beauty and music, the simple delights of each day! I know that I often take such things for granted. I ask for the sheer joy to live life that delights You and those I meet! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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