“How’s life going?”
That is a question that I have been asking many people lately. On one hand, it is just another way of me saying ‘What’s up?’ or ‘How you doing?’ On the other hand, it is my slight attempt to dig deeper into really how their life is going.
Life is a peculiar thing. Everyone’s life is different. Life is unpredictable. I recall Forrest Gump saying that his mama taught him “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.”
The longer I live the more I agree. Life is short and sweet. Life is long and hard. Life is fun and happy. Life is challenging and sad. Life is up and down. Life is good and bad. Life is not so simple and easy.
James is right when he asks “What is your life?” (James 4:14) And that question is desperately something we all need to consider. We need to make sense of this thing we call life.
In my line of work it is not uncommon for me to hear people say “I love my life.” And it is also not uncommon for me to hear people say “I hate my life.”
While many people just shake their head at the various challenges of life, I want us to look a little further into life. Life is meant to be understood in light of God’s love.
Psalm 63:3 says “Your love is better than life.” God’s love is better than life. Let me say that again – Better than!
I know it is a real temptation to think life is the biggest and most important thing, but that is a mistake. God is bigger than us. And God’s love for us in Jesus is better than life.
So, whether your life is high or low, good or bad, happy or sad, look to Jesus. God loves you in such a way that Jesus died for you. Forgiveness is real. Life is better with forgiveness!
This Christmas season, may God help us all evaluate our lives not so much by just our lives, but rather by God’s love being very real and present in our lives.
Always remember, God’s love is better than life!
With all sincerity,
Your pastor, Josh