“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …” ~Marcus Aurelius
I want to LIVE until I die!
Don’t you? Doesn’t everyone?
Or is it possible fear is keeping you from embracing life.
- Fear of failure.
- Fear of rejection.
- Fear of judgment.
- Fear of embarrassment.
- Fear of loss.
- Fear of change.
- Fear of ____________.
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I understand. I lived way too many years in fear and it didn’t change a thing.
It’s true—frightening things happen every day, but God’s Word says if we focus on Him and on His faithful presence we have nothing to fear.
But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. Psalm 23:4
Maybe you’ve heard the question, “What would you do today if you knew you could not fail?”
But I want to ask it another way…
What would you do today if you really believed there is nothing to fear?
- go back to school?
- ask for forgiveness?
- call an old friend?
- start a blog?
- profess your faith?
- try a hobby?
- become a foster parent or adopt a child?
12 Things That Will Help You Embrace Life Now
1. List your goals, hopes, and dreams – big and small . . . anything and everything.
“If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.” ~Lou Holtz
2. Identify your fears – write them down. Fear loses power when you label it.
“Every battle you have to fight, is an opportunity for the glory of God to be revealed. The greater the obstacles, the greater the victory.” ~Lailah Gifty-Akita
3. Ask if your fear is protecting you or limiting you.
Fear of the Lord leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm. Proverbs 19:23
4. Write a mission statement – know what you believe and what’s most important.
“You have a purpose in life. You know in your heart what’s most important to you. In fact, your mission and values are expressed every day, by how you live–you just may not realize it.” ~Stephen Covey
5. Be fully present in the moment – don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future.
“If you have one eye on yesterday, and one eye on tomorrow, you’re going to be cockeyed today.” ~Author Unknown
6. Forgive yourself and others.
“Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.” ~Lewis B. Smedes
7. Surround yourself with wise loving people.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. Ecclesiastes 4:9–10
8. Learn and use wise godly boundaries to overcome irrational fears.
Ask yourself, “What does God want me to do? Is this in line with His will for me?”
9. Pray for wisdom, strength, and courage.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6–7
10. Refuse to lose hope – God knows your eternal future.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
11. Show generous gratitude – to everyone for every blessing.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~John F. Kennedy
12. Live, Love, and Laugh
“Live every moment, laugh every day, love beyond words.”
I want to LIVE until I die. I want to embrace life now.
Why? Because I’ve known people who have and those who haven’t. I’ve watched whole families start grieving the death of a loved one the day cancer was diagnosed; and others who have lived with love, hope, and joy to their last breath.
I want to live with love, hope, and joy up to my last breath.
You too? Today is a great day to live . . . to embrace life.
What will you do today to embrace life? What’s on your list of goals, hopes, and dreams? What fear has God helped you overcome? Do you want Him to help you overcome?
“If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit.” ~ Thomas Merton