living.really

“i am not convinced that your date of death is the date carved on your tombstone. most people die long before that. we start dying when we have nothing worth living for. and we don’t really start living until we find something worth dying for.”   -mark batterson

batterson’s words remind me today of the importance of paying attention to what it is we’re actually living for. what we see, and hold to in our lives that we feel is actually worth dying for. even if that dying is simply a dying to ourselves. putting something or someone in a place of more importance than our own interests or comforts or pleasures. investing in doing our lives in that way puts us in the mindset of living. really living.

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~ by fourfeetsixinches on January 5, 2013.

5 Responses to “living.really”

  1. Amen, Brother! I believe we are priviledged with life on this earth for the very purpose of learning how to die to self. I agree that is the key to really living-living a life full to overflowing with all that matters…loving/preferring one another. There is a deep beauty, a deep sense of life only known in the giving up of oneself…

  2. another thought…impossible to do in the human realm…only possible in the spiritual “doing all things as unto the Lord”. The heart motivation matters…

  3. This was the first thing I read this morning Scott…couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I spent the entire night working with a young person getting them out of a very dangerous situation involving many others. Yes, there are times in life that we must sacrifice for the sake of others that they may live. And in the end we see that God has added something to our lives that is of eternal value. This life we live is not our own….

  4. ……”in a place of more importance than our own interests,or comforts,or pleasures”……Stumbling over those words,like a rock in the road….Seems a challenge to search my heart,to put away old habits of disobedience,playing safe, hiding , anger,self-preservation,?”for we are God’s handiwork,created in Christ Jesus …called to do good works?

  5. Sometimes I think it could be as simple as just REALLY being there when someone calls to talk. Sincerely listening. Thanks for the encouraging words. God has such an amazing way of filling us with joy when we give of ourselves to others.

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