Monday, September 9, 2013

OMTL Day 9: "Heart of the Matter"

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”
            --Genesis 2:18

In Genesis 1 and 2 we read about the creation of the world. God creates light and says, "It is good." 

God creates water, earth, and sky, and says, "It is good." 

God creates plant life--trees, flowers, and vegetation, and says, "It is good." 

God creates animals of all kinds, and says--"It is good." 

And then all of a sudden, for the first time in biblical history, God looks at something and says, "It is not good." Not good! What is this horrible, awful thing in his wonderful new creation that God would call "not good?" 

Genesis 2:18-- "It is not good for the man to be alone." 

Get it straight: You were not designed to face life alone. Relationships are what life is about. 

The second principle in the One Month to Live series is "Love Completely." If you knew you only had 30 days left to live, I guarantee you that people would be at the top of your bucket list. Somebody you want to see. Somebody you want to spend more time with. Somebody you need to forgive. Somebody you need to ask to forgive you. 

So why wait? Whatever relationship-oriented people issue that would be top of mind if you knew you were dying -- why not take care of that NOW? 

God has placed people in your life to be your "helpers." The word in Genesis 2:18 does not mean servant. God did not create the woman to be the man's slave. The word translated "helper"actually means "one who completes another." (Jerry Maguire got it right.)

Who are the "helpers" God has placed in your life? Are you making time for them? Have you let them know how much they mean to you? 

Relationships are what life is about. 

TODAY'S CHALLENGE: 
Make a list of 3-5 special people whom God has placed in your life -- "helpers" -- people who "complete you" -- people who have played a major role in your life and/or have contributed to who you are today. Then call them, write them a hand-written note, or talk to them in person and let them know what they mean to you. NOTE: E-mail or Facebook is not sufficient for this challenge!

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