Living Life On The Line

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What do you do when your life is on the line? When everything is do or die? When it’s either give up, give in or keep pushing?

These are things that I, we, are constantly faced with every day whether we think about it or not. Our life is on the line. One day we all will die, but what do we do in the mean time? Do I just throw my hands up and say what’s the point? Some days I do. But then I get a glimmer of hope and a renewed sense of purpose and begin to push on. What else can I do? It doesn’t do much good to just give up does it? Although some days I do give up a bit. But there are always things that need to be done, so I pull myself together just enough to do those necessary things like make sure my family is fed, and my boys are doing their homeschooling. I make sure the animals are taken care of. Some days that’s it. I may not even take care of myself except to just rest.

But every day we live a life on the line. Every day we each make a decision whether to give up or keep going, keep pushing, keep grinding, keep moving. It’s something we’re trying to instill in our children. Our oldest boy just turned 19. He has a job where he has to start work at 6am. He is not a morning person and has trouble getting to sleep at night. The first couple weeks he’s done great getting up at 5am but now the newness is wearing off and he’s had trouble this past week wanting to get to bed early enough and thereby not wanting to get up in the morning. We are trying to teach him that it’s a grind. You either do it or you lose your job. There’s not much choice. Stick with it for awhile and you can find a job that doesn’t start so early, but for now your job is on the line. You have to keep pushing even when you don’t feel like it. It’s especially important when you one day have a family to take care of. People that are relying on you.

A Spiritual Life on the Line…

This goes for my spiritual life as well. Probably even more so. Life on the line…. I know I am saved. I am a child of God…Born again when I accepted Jesus Christ as my saviour. There are others in this world that are not, however. Many, many others. I don’t always know who is and who isn’t, but I need to live my life as though their lives are on the line. If I’m not walking with the Lord and living like Christ. If I’m not being that example…that light, then I become a stumbling block for those that don’t know Jesus. They ultimately make their own choice, but I’m responsible for how my actions, words, way of life might help or hinder. I need to keep pushing every day. Just as in my physical life, even more so in my spiritual walk with God. And if I’m walking close to the Lord, then the things of my physical life will be easier to deal with. It’ll be easier to keep grinding away at this life until I reach the ultimate rest and peace once I’m dead and in heaven with my Lord.

“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord”

Psalm 31:24

“But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more”

Psalm 71:14

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

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