Friday, March 07, 2008

Living Fully

LIVING LIFE TO THE FULL

 

“God’s laws are perfect. They protect us, make us wise,

and give us joy and light.” (Psalm 19:7, TLB)

 

Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Nature never breaks

her own laws.” Fortunately for us it doesn’t. If it weren’t

for the law of gravity, for example, we’d all fly off into

outer space. If we try to break the law of gravity, we

can’t. It will break us.

 

There are moral laws, too, without which our society

would fall apart. If we defy these laws, they will also

break us, or rather, we will break ourselves against them.

Proper man-made laws (not religious legalistic laws)

are important too. They make living together possible.

Imagine driving on today’s roadways without any traffic

laws!

 

There are also laws that govern human development. For

example, every child needs considerable nurture, love,

acceptance, and approval. When this law is violated, so

are our children -- many of whom are left with broken

lives. This same law applies to adult health, happiness,

and well-being.

 

We heed these laws not because we are legalists and have

to, but because we know we need to and choose to -- and

because we want to live in harmony with God’s will so we

can live life to the full.

 

As the Psalmist wrote, “God’s laws are perfect. They

protect us, make us wise, and give us joy and light. God’s

laws are pure, eternal, just. They are more desirable than

gold. They are sweeter than honey dripping from a

honeycomb. For they warn us away from harm and give

success to those who obey them.” Psalm 19:7-11

 

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, please give me the desire

to learn your laws and principles for healthy and whole-

some living as found in your Word, the Bible. And give

me the good sense to live by them knowing they are for

my total well-being and so I will live to the full.

Gratefully, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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