I received a note and it was simply a quote that speaks about living our lives. It said, “Life should not be a journey to the gramoto_tricksve with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “WOW! What a ride!”
    I really like this saying! I did some research to try and find out who the author of this quote was, but was unsuccessful. What surprised me was how many times this had been quoted by others, literally hundreds of times! That tells me that there are a lot of people out there who are struggling with trying to live a life that they feel has some meaning. A life that goes beyond just being born, living a while and then dying without meaning or purpose.
    I like to think that I live life testing the limits and stretching the safety harness, but sometime get the almost uncontrollable urge to play it safe! I have to fight it though and go ahead and live life anyway and take chances that sometimes seem foolish to others. No, I don’t drive racecars or go skydiving (yet), but both my wife and I do take chances that others would think are foolish, chances that take us out of our comfort zone.
    Let me tell you the secret to being able to do that! To do that it demands that we realize that God IS in control of this world, but also that this world is only temporary. What is important is what we take with us when we leave this world and stand before God. If you haven’t figured it out yet, the only thing we take with us is ourselves when we leave this earth. Again the writer of the book of Hebrews says in Hebrews 9:27 “And just as it is destined that each person dies only once and after that comes judgment.”
My prayer today is that you might be able to overcome the tough times in your life by seeing the bigger picture and understanding who is in control of ALL things. God bless you all and have a great week! – Russ Lawson

Have a blessed week!

Michael