For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
An Italian Roman Catholic preacher Francis of Assisi (1181/1182–1226) said, “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Kevyn Aucoin (b. 1962), a make-up artist followed this up when he stated, “Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain…To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today. I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” That’s why people will turn to the Bible when they look for inspiration, motivation, and reassurance.
The Best Things
A political activist Helen Keller (1880–1968) wrote, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” An essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) agreed with Keller when he said, “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” We’re assured that God can work miracles when we believe his promises. Christians yearn for this ultimate blessing in Psalm 27:4 when they hear, “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”
The Right Choice
Steve Jobs (1955–2011), an entrepreneur and inventor wrote, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be fully satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” Maya Angelou (1928–2014), a poet and civil rights activist was clear: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” According to Psalm 34:8 that’s when people “taste and see the Lord is good; blessed the one who takes refuge in him.”