Friday, June 09, 2006

The Art Of Savoring Life

Hebrews 13:5-6
“For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never forsake you.’ That is why we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’”

The book of Hebrews was written to the first-century church when persecution of Christian Jews threatened its very existence. We, like they, are encouraged to hold fast to faith while remembering the ability of God’s love to overcome evil in a violent world, to be an ever-present help, and to transform us into people who love and live rightly. Contentment is possible because of the work of Jesus Christ.

The Hebrews were asked by God to be content with what they had, even if that meant persecution and death. God desires the same for us, whatever our circumstances. When we passionately pursue contentment and savor life, we are saying that God is good, God is the Victor, and God will not leave us or forsake us, even in the midst of chaos and trouble. We have nothing to fear. Our soul is safe. We can welcome a life tapestry woven with threads both painful and joyous, because we are loved and held by a personally present God.

Savoring life is much bigger than me just savoring my life.

The quickest way to make ourselves miserable is to continually focus on ourselves. Bertrand Russell

You and I belong to something much larger than ourselves. Sharing our hope with others is key.

Hope helps us to accept disappointment and suffering, with the knowledge that God is present and will ultimately heal the wounds of a broken and distorted world, fulfilling the desires and longings of wounded and broken people.

Do we need to be uncomfortable at times to grasp what contentment and savoring really means?

What season are you currently in?

Are you in need of hope yourself or are you spreading hope to others?


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