This is more than just mere existence. It is taking what you have and learning how to make the most of it. It is breathing in what is around you and appreciating every minute of it. Living is seeing its Author and knowing all things work together for good to them who love Him. Living is having both ups and downs and knowing each are two sides of the same coin. Each has their purpose in developing character. Living can take what the world calls dirt and turn it into the potting soil of faith for greater things. It is walking through the unknown with great anticipation. It is seeking a lesson in every trial or suffering. It is expecting something good to come from what hurts for the moment. Living is capturing the sequence of time and seeing what great things can be done with it, what great faith it can produce, what great love can endure.
Living doesn’t waste anything. Moping, pining, worrying, fearing, resenting, striving, grumbling…these waste life. They take God’s sufficiency and supplant it with meager self-desire. Living looks away from all these. Living desires more from life and more from its Maker. Living places the same value on others as God does. It sees past what is and into what will be. Living hollers, “what next,” looking for a higher level of participation. Living may be fully occupied, but it always has time to add life to someone who doesn’t understand how to live.
Living gets its power from giving. Living is not always a forward motion. It’s got unexpected curves and potholes which cause you to take new paths; but they, too, add life if you treat them as an adventure.
Finally, living is full of loving. Not ooshy-gooshy loving, but that kind of loving that has permanence regardless of the actions of another. It is praying a prodigal child home, standing on a marriage promise, seeking God to grow you even in what seems hopeless. This is when God transfuses His Life into your living. Living has a price to pay. It must die to what is conveniently self-serving before it can live for Someone else. So enjoy and treasure everything this life has to offer. It’s a gift. Treat it that way!