Monday, September 30, 2013

OMTL Day 30: "Game On"

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
      --Jesus, in John 10:10

And so we come to the end of the 30-Day "One Month to Live" challenge. 

But hopefully it's only the beginning of the "One Month to Live" lifestyle

The goal of this 30-Day challenge has been to help us clarify our priorities by giving us a sense of urgency. If you knew you only had one month to live, you would...

  • Live Passionately: You'd step out and take risks. You'd try things you've never tried before. You'd notice and enjoy the little things, the simple pleasures of life. And you'd get serious about pursuing those dreams you've placed on hold. 
  • Love Completely: All of a sudden you'd realize (if you don't realize it now) that love is the most important thing there is. You'd make sure to spend time with those you love. You'd forgive people who have hurt you, and you'd seek forgiveness from those you've done wrong. 
  • Learn Humbly: You'd have a new perspective on suffering. You'd realize that God uses suffering to make us spiritually mature. He uses struggles to form us into the character of Jesus. And as you looked at the end of your life, you'd have a new appreciation for character, because you'd realize that it's one of the only things you can take with you. 
  • Leave Boldly: If you knew you had a short time to live, but you still had some time to prepare, you'd want to be sure you're leaving behind a positive spiritual legacy. And you'd want to be sure you've made peace with God by trusting Jesus for salvation. Then you'd be ready to leave boldly. 
So here's the question: Why not start doing those things now? 

Jesus came that we might have life. Rich, full, and satisfying (not necessarily easy). Living out the priorities that we've considered over the last 30 days is one way to claim that life and experience it. 

Game on! 

Pray about this question: "What's the most important thing I've gained from One Month to Live?" It might be something you learned, a decision you made, an action you took, a new relationship you started, or an old relationship that you repaired or renewed. 

Now: Consider that ONE THING and write down the next step you need to take. (Don't try to do a bunch of things--you'll just get overwhelmed, and you won't do any of them.) Maybe that next step is to incorporate the thing you learned into your daily life. Maybe it's to act on that decision you made. Maybe it's to revisit that action you took and figure out what to do next. Maybe it's to go spend some time with the person with whom you formed a new (or renewed) relationship.

Read any blog posts that you missed, and listen to any of the sermons that you didn't hear. 

Click here and give me some feedback on this series and what it meant to you!

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