Digging Deeper into Day 58 - What is at the Top!?
Before looking at what living well means, let’s look at the result of living well. A person who is living well, is living life to the fullest. They are living as God intended, with the strength of self-control, and are full of joy and peace. Faithfulness, goodness, kindness and patience describe a person who is living well. These character traits are living examples of the out-growth of loving well. We can know we are loving well when the fruit which love produces is evident in our lives.
The fruit of the spirit, specifically love, produces the powerful character traits, or fruits of joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Living well is nurturing our entire being, our body, our mind, and our spirit, therefore, being good stewards of what God has given us, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. As we grow, we learn how God would have us to use the gifts, talents, and skills He granted us for our good and His glory.
Living well is a life-time goal. Living well is living a life that continually manifests gratitude to God, regardless of what is going on around us. Since no one is perfect, you can see why this is a life-time goal. When we find ourselves lacking, we can be grateful for His mercy and grace toward us!
The bottom line is, living well is loving well and it expands and deepens as we journey through our lives – – exploring, discovering and living out His will in our lives as well as repenting when we are distracted from the journey of His purposes in our lives…. then we PRESS ON!
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. (Psalm 150:6 KJV)
Thou are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou has created all things, and for they pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:11 KJV)
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. (Psalm 139:17 & 18)
Look for ways to thank God. Look for the beauty, strength, protection, provisions, etc. that are within the talents, skills, abilities, opportunities and even mishaps in life. He is there in the midst of it all. He is looking, possibly looking to see if you have gained the benefit out of the situation, looking to see if you utilized all He has granted to you in a particular moment, looking to see if you have discovered, or maybe even explored, to find and grow the gifts He has given you…the possibilities are endless. Remember, the Lord’s thoughts toward you are more than the sand on the seashore.
Lord God, we thank You for Your Goodness toward us. Your word tells us in Lamentations 3:23-24 that Your mercies are new for us every morning, wow! Help us, each one, to look for and discover what each new day brings our way, opportunities to learn more of ourselves, more of You and to share more of You with someone new. We ask that You strengthen and grow our desire to be all we are created to be, a person who praises You with our lives, our very breath. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Digging deeper blogs augment lessons from My Leadership Compass: A Christ-Centered High School Curriculum. © 2021