Monday, May 19, 2008

A Life Well-Lived

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.


The last chapter in "The Home Beautiful" by J.R. Miller is about coming to the end of your life. Miller says this about preparing to die:


True preparation for death is made when we close each day as if it were the last. We are never sure of tomorrow; we should leave nothing incomplete any night. Each single separate little day should be a miniature life complete in itself, with nothing of duty left over. God gives us life by days, and with each day He gives its own allotment of duty -- a portion of His plan to be wrought out, a fragment of His purpose to be accomplished by us.

Well-lived days make completed years, and the years well lived as they come make a life beautiful and full. In such a life no special preparation of any kind is needed; he who lives thus is always ready. Each day prepares for the next, and the last day prepares for glory.

If we thus live, coming to the end of life need have no terror for us. Dying does not interrupt life for a moment. Death is not a wall cutting off the path, but a gate through which passing out of this world of shadows and unrealities we shall find ourselves in the presence of the Lord and in the midst of the glories of the eternal home.

We need have only one care -- that we live well our one short live as we go on, that we love God and our neighbor, that we believe in Christ and obey His commandments, that we do each duty as it comes to our hand, and do it well.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dying does not interrupt life for a moment. Death is not a wall cutting off the path, but a gate through which passing out of this world of shadows and unrealities we shall find ourselves in the presence of the Lord and in the midst of the glories of the eternal home.

I really like this part!! What a day when we cast off these sin sick tabernacles and are present with our Lord and Master... what a glorious promise we have in this!! =))
- Ruthie

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