Friday, August 19, 2011

A Heart To Live Well

Here's a question for you. What do you do to "live well"? Definitely an interesting question to contemplate! First thing that I think of is, what does it mean to "live"? We know what it means to do things well, but to "live well" in particular is quite a thought and something to pray about. Am I living well for my own good, for the good of others or in obedience to God Himself? Could it be for all three and where's the balance there? Who am I living well for and what does that really mean to live?

You can do a word study on "live" all day, but I will spare you from too much and just bring out the main terms that stick out at me for this particular question. Below are just a few ways how the 1828 Noah Webster American Dictionary defines "live" that I find quite interesting.

  • To have the bodily functions in operation, or in a capacity to operate.
  • To live, emphatically; to enjoy life; to be in a state of happiness.
  • To be inwardly quickened, nourished and actuated by divine influence or faith.

Would you agree that all of these are essential to "live well"? I can give a generic answer stating that I live well by trying to eat right & taking care of my body, helping others and knowing God's love for me. But, there's more to it than that. Why do I want to be healthy and take care of my body? Why do I want to help others so badly? Why do I have a heart for God? I believe and trust that God has put those passions and desires in me and I just pray that I give them all back to Him. That I don't take them all for myself and forget Who I should be living well for. And, to be content when life doesn't always go my way. To trust in the One who understands all and whose hands my life is in. That is what I should be living for with a joyful heart daily...as unto the Lord!

So, as we strive to "live well", my prayer is that we know why and who we're doing it for!

"Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess."



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