Life, Death, Life

The utterance, the manifest, the creation;
The dust, the breathe, the man;
The aloneness, the boredom, the drudgery;
The slumber, the rib, the helper.
And life was good!

The serpent, the guile, the quiz;
The fruit, the lie, the scheme;
The sight, the pleasure, the appeal
The command, the breach, my shame.
Then I died!

The fall, the blame, the exit;
The curse, the toil, the pain;
The law, the altar, the failure;
The cross, the death, the resurrection.
Now I live!

If you are not familiar with the story that inspired this piece you can read it up here and here.

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Imperfect, But Valuable

‘The world is quite skilled at assaulting us with countless messages—overt and covert—about how to measure our worth.’

I couldn’t agree more with Michele Cushatt, when I read the above words on her blog post recently. Moment by moment we are told to define ourselves by:

  • Where we live
  • What we wear
  • What we drive
  • Who we hang out with
  • How much our net worth shows.

Unfortunately, ‘too often we listen, we buy in. And we frantically try to do what is demanded of us.’ We do our best to fit into the mold, foregoing things that matter most. Only to discover the mold is not what it is cracked up to be – satisfaction sought, not guaranteed.

Sadly, instead of gaining wisdom from experience, the frustration birth by wrong choices is masked and suppressed by a renewed resolve to attain the perfect life ‘against all odds’.

Life, yours inclusive, is imperfect. In spite of all the enhancements man cooks up it can never be perfect. That is why the ‘perfect life’ is always redefined.

But who says imperfection is not okay?

‘Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.’
– Annette Funicello

You are imperfect but very valuable, even if it is to just one person on planet earth. Your achievement may seem insignificant; you may even see yourself as a failure, yet you can add value to another.

It does not take lofty pursuits and grand achievements. Value is added mostly through seemingly insignificant actions and words. Their impact is far-reaching because they are carried out and uttered in love.

The task may be menial, and seem unimportant.
The gesture may be trivial and insignificant.
Provided it is done in love, It’s the wisest investment;
Based on the greatest commandment –
Love,
Birth in us from above.

Anyone is capable of adding value to another.

A penniless beggar can offer a smile. (This can achieve much more than you know).

You can offer a listening ear to a friend even though you are broke.

It does not have to cost you a kobo to be kind.

Don’t define yourself by what you have achieved or amassed for yourself. Decide today to make your life count by adding value to others. Intentionally. That is what gives life meaning.

‘Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.’
– Jesus Christ (Luke 12:15)

How do you define yourself?

The Difference Maker

There is always a reason we do the things we do. There are as many reasons as there are people. Motivations for our decisions and actions are as varied as we are. But what makes one reason right and the other wrong?

The task may be menial,
and seem unimportant.
The gesture may be trivial
and insignificant.
Provided it is done in love,
It’s the wisest investment;
Based on the greatest commandment –
Love,
Birth in us from above.

Today, whoever you are, or aspire to be, let love form your character; Everyday, whatever you do, let love be your motive; wherever you are or plan to go, let love chart your course. Always.

Love will cause you to make unpopular choices. Yes, difficult choices. Nevertheless, let love distinguish you.

Love is the difference maker.

What are some motivations for the decisions we make everyday? Please share.