There are many things we notice about other people, sizes, shapes, attitudes, how they talk, how they walk, all the good, bad and ugly. One thing that I particularly find myself doing is spending more and more time with people with a positive, enthusiastic outlook on life. I call them those who "make every day count"!
Tomorrow is never promised to us, we are told often in scripture to live for today, because "it has enough problems of it's own". If we live for today, that means L-I-V-E, and it is very hard to live under a constant dark cloud of despair, negativity and complaining. We really don't need today's current guru's to show us how to do this. We just need to understand that even problems present us with an opportunity to succeed.
History gives us many examples of folks who overcame enormous odds and lived life with passion and flair. We see holy people making major differences in the lives of others by giving more than anyone could imagine of themselves. What we are really seeing is the shadow and influence of Jesus.
In the three years of His ministry, He was a non-stop highlight reel-miracles, lessons with stories, sermons with purpose, influences on the poor, giving hope to the destitute, healing the sick, instructing the wayward, and talking a lot about his favorite subject, God. He hung around with sinners, tolerated the so called religious hierarchy, and traveled to spread the good news of redemption.
He showed us how to make every day count, even though His days were numbered.
To us, we waste it if we are wallowing in the difficult situations we find ourselves in. Yes, we are broke sometimes, sick, hurting, out of a job, and even blocked from success for some unknown reason. But if we look at a trial as an opportunity to overcome the odds, break into freedom or just plain find our way out into the clear, then the effort to get there becomes an adventure that teaches us what the Lord had an abundance of - passion to persevere under any and all circumstances.
If we "make every day count" then we are always engaged in the gift of life, there are no wasted efforts. Along the way we influence others by our faith, attitude and desire to serve. It becomes contagious to our fellow manand brings hope to the hopeless. We become like Jesus, a highlight reel of overcoming and becoming.
Now, that's what I call living and that's the kind of people I want in my life!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.