Saying "Yes" 


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As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10 

Since I don't get to church anymore, I have tried different ways to have a "church" experience.  One of the best things for me is to read.  Somehow I get "lost" watching television or online services .. my mind tends to wander.  

So, I've found that for me, having a sermon I can watch on YouTube and have the email transcript works well for me.  Once of the emails I get is from Bruce Goettsche from Union Church. 

I often find little gems tucked away in his words that tend to linger.  Though not geared toward chronic illness, I find that many, many things are stated that help me through my challenges.

This week's sermon held this for me:

"Much of our life is governed by our fear of death. Once that fear is conquered we can get rid of some of the tentativeness that envelopes our lives. Our goal no longer has to be to live “longer”. We can now focus on living “well” and serving God fully."

I love that.  Focus on living well and serving God as fully as we can.  That will be different for each one of us.  God knows how much we can or cannot do - and no more is required of us than what we can accomplish.

I found this verse waiting for me in my daily bible reading as well.

"...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

No matter what our physical condition, God will continue to work in us as well.

I do believe God wants us to "live well." Perhaps not with good health, but as best we can. We are to live as fully as possible.  We need to continue to say "Yes" to life each day that we live, even when we feel like saying, "No."

We also need to say "Yes" to God each day.

Father God, Thank you for your amazing blessings and promises.  Help us to focus on living as well as we possible and serving you as fully as possible each day of our lives.  Amen and amen.

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