"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being." --Genesis 2:7The divine spark is in every person. That amazing touch left all persons throughout history craving more of Him who gives life.
"Seek the LORD while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near. --Isaiah 55:6Those who seek diligently are rewarded with finding God face to face.
"Seek, and you will find." Matthew 7:7bEven when we get distracted, He seeks us and brings us to His side.
"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10And when we focus on Him:
"When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory." --Colossians 3:3The gift of life we have can be lived abundantly and the Lord gave us a handbook to guide us to that abundant living.
I am thankful we can live:
- In reasonable independence
"She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises. She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden." --Proverbs 31:13-16 [The Message]
- In trust worthiness
"Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long." --Proverbs 31:11-12 [The Message]
- With the ability to take responsibility for our own livelihood
"And willingly works with her hands." Proverbs 31:13b
- With the ability to work under rules and authority
"Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct." --Hebrews 13:7
- In tolerance of others
"And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you." --Ephesians 4:32
- With the ability to show friendliness and love
"A friend loves at all times." --Proverbs 17:17a
- With a sense of humor
"A merry heart does good, like medicine." --Proverbs 17:22a
- With the capacity to give and take
"A time to cast away...and a time to gather." --Ecclesiastes 3:5a
- And, with a devotion beyond self
"In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." --1 John 4:10-11
"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." --John 10:10bYou can read a previous post I have on the importance each moment we are given in this life here: A Life of Moments.
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(All scripture quoted is from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.)