Live and Live WellOctober 3, 2008
I feel closest to God when I experience Him in His creation. An evenging breeze, the smell of BBQ in the air, a baby’s smile, and laughter with friends are just some of the things that surround me with God’s goodness. Kyle Lake was a pastor from Texas, who passed away a few years ago when he was electrocuted while doing a baptism in front of his church. The following is an excerpt from his final sermon that he was supposed to deliver that day. I know that this world isn’t our home, but God is here. Kyle Lake’s death pointed to a better way of life.
“Live. And Live Well. BREATHE. Breathe in and Breathe deeply. Be PRESENT. Do not be past. Do not be future. Be now. On a crystal clear, breezy 70 degree day, roll down the windows and FEEL the wind against your skin. Feel the warmth of the sun.
If you run, then allow those first few breaths on a cool Autumn day to FREEZE your lungs and do not just be alarmed, be ALIVE. Get knee-deep in a novel and LOSE track of time.
If you bike, pedal HARD… and if you crash then crash well.
Feel the SATISFACTION of a job well done—a paper well-written, a project thoroughly completed, a play well-performed. If you must wipe the snot from your 3-year old’s nose, don’t be disgusted if the Kleenex didn’t catch it all… because soon he’ll be wiping his own.
If you’ve recently experienced loss, then GRIEVE. And Grieve well. At the table with friends and family, LAUGH. If you’re eating and laughing at the same time, then might as well laugh until you puke. And if you eat, then SMELL. The aromas are not impediments to your day. Steak on the grill, coffee beans freshly ground, cookies in the oven. And TASTE. Taste every ounce of flavor. Taste every ounce of friendship. Taste every ounce of Life. Because-it-is-most-definitely-a-Gift.”
Instead of just biding time until I die, I want to LIVE! John Piper says, “The glory of God is man fully alive.”