Tim McGraw has it right - Live like your DyingWritten by Greg Ryan
Chorus: An’ he said: “I went ski diving, I went rocky mountain climbing, “I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu” “And I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter, “And I gave forgiveness I’d been denying.” An he said: “Some day, I hope you get chance, “To live like you were dyin’.”
One of latest songs by Tim McGraw talks about a man in his forties with cancer. Who began to live his life has if he had only days to live. And all he hope for others was, “Someday, I hope you get chance, to live like you were dying.” Are you? Are you living a life like you are dying? I don’t mean in physical sense, how about spiritual realm. The bible talks about dying to self by living for Jesus.
Each day we are challenged to make decisions that lead us away from Jesus or directly towards. Yet, which seems easier? Dying to self takes sacrifice, trust and faith in God. It also means letting go of things of this world.
I have always tried to live my life with no regrets when I look back at end of day. And maybe on my tombstone it will say just that simple phrase, “No regrets”. Yet, one of biggest daily challenges I face is dying to my flesh or things of this world. And only way I can win over them is ask Jesus for help. When was last time you just awoke in morning and ask, help? Help me Lord today to live for you and not for this world. Be with me Lord every second this day and help me make decisions that bring me closer to you.”
Smarty Jones that's my name!Written by Greg Ryan
Our deepest fear us not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us…..We are born to manifest glory of God that is within us….And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do same. Nelson Mandela
Today more than ever we live in times of public murder via internet and awareness of dirty little secrets of wartime interrogation. Yet, this weekend we as a country got a breathe of fresh air by watching a little horse letting go of his inadequacy’s and race around a dirt track looking for his one shot at Glory. If a nation is so hungry for winners by getting behind a horse named Smarty Jones, then who are we not to embrace Glory of God and share it with others?
Not long ago I read a quote in book, “Jesus - Life Coach” that read, “Are you living your life like you only have six healthy months to live? I answered NO! and then I asked myself, why? I didn’t have an answer. Did I fear inadequacy? Or did I fear, what if God blessed me beyond measure? Could I handle being in spot light? Could I live up to world’s expectations of me or my expectations of myself? I really don’t think it’s our place to decide what we can handle and not, it’s God’s. Yet, it is our desire to live by Faith. The bible says, “with God who can be against us.” Our feelings of inadequacy is just another way of Satan trying to trick us into thinking we are not worthy of God’s glory or even living a life full of happiness and love down here on earth.