Enjoy the Good Life! Get Out There!

Do you enjoy your life?

How sad to go through life and not enjoy the short time we have on this earth! I have been teaching a Sunday School men’s class on preparing for our family if and when we die. I have learned a lot during my research. But I was reminded again during my research that life is very fragile and short…especially when compared to eternity!

That’s why I asked at the beginning of this blog if you enjoy life. It seems the closer we get to each other in the world through technology the more unhappy we are as a human race! I know many people are dealt some terrible circumstances and are challenged each day to just survive or to live a purposeful life. I have been inspired by many of those people who are experiencing cancer, or some physical difficulty or even a mental or social challenge. These people have overcome their circumstances and chose to rise above and to make the most of their life everyday! They have chosen not to be unhappy, but enjoy life. The Bible is (I believe) the authority on life. In Philippians 4:11, Paul wrote, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” The Greek root used for “content” means “to be possessed of unfailing strength.”  In every change Robin and I have experienced in our life together we have learned the truth of this verse!

I have chosen as my 2017 personal theme “To make the most of every day”. It comes from a sermon series our pastor brought to our church in 2016 “On purpose I chose to…” He spent a few Wednesday nights on “to make the most of every day.

Enjoy this Summer with your family!

Stress stifles the fun out of life. Is your job stressful…(check out a my blog one year ago http://wp.me/p7qqnh-A)…is your family life stressful?…many times I remember my mother telling me that it seemed to her that daddy would always be happier while he and her were camping on vacation. I remember some of those times and certainly saw that happiness. Vacations are good. Getting away for a time of refreshment is good. Daddy was a dairy farmer…wouldn’t you call that a stressful occupation? He would get stressed…some times it was me that would bring it on him…but the farm was always a stressful place when weather was rough, or prices were down. So he and mama enjoyed going camping in their rv…just getting away.

So get away this summer and enjoy life…grand kids!…your spouse…your family…yourself! Refresh yourself, turn off the tablet, phone, and computer and enjoy God’s creation and time with the family.

Surveys show that most young adults believe that obtaining wealth and fame are keys to a happy life. But a long-running study out of Harvard suggests that one of the most important predictors of whether you age well and live a long and happy life is not the amount of money you amass or notoriety you receive. A much more important barometer of long-term health and well-being is the strength of your relationships with family, friends and spouses.

 

 

So, “Get out there and enjoy life!”