Living or Just Alive? (Ecclesiastes 12:1)

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What matters is not how long you, but how well you live. Some people live for 85 years and do very little. Others lived only a relatively few years, but they fill that time with service to God and others, and their influence lives on.

Many people are concerned only with prolonging their stay here on this earth, and so they strive to add years to their livesEvery year we spend billions of dollars for medicines, vitamins, and special diets to stay alive. And yet we forget that it is not the quantity of live but the quality of life and what we accomplish for the Lord that makes life meaningful. Only when we devote our lives to our Creator (Ecclesiastes 12:1, 13-14) do our days on earth count for eternity.

Today, let’s seek to fill the hours with service, worship, and work for the Master. If this is our last day (and who knows, it may be), rather than wasting it in dreaming of a long life, let it be occupied with producing abundant fruit and being a blessing. Instead of just drifting aimlessly through our allotted hours and days, let us truly live.

Yes, the only life that’s worthwhile (be it long or short) is the one spent in service for the Lord and in bringing blessing to others. – M. R. De Haan, MD

Take my life and let it be

Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;

Take my moments and my days,

Let them flow in ceaseless praise! – Havergal

It is better to add life to your years than to add years to your life.

  • April 25, Vol. 18, Our Daily Bread
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