Live Life to the Fullest!

By September 15, 2013Adult Ministries

Psalm 100 tells us:

1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.

3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.

5 For the Lord is good;his steadfast love endures forever,and his faithfulness to all generations.

Gena_newSo I went to see Diana Ross this past Friday night. It was an amazing concert. She had 3 wardrobe changes, totalling 4 different outfits. But what was more awesome than anything was to see a 69 year old woman still on the stage living life to the fullest. What I find most fascinating about her story is she has been through a lot in her life and she is still one of the most optimistic persons. She has had heartbreak after heartbreak. In one article I read about her, she talked about losing her second husband several years ago and that was the love of her life. But she still keeps singing and she still keeps getting out on that stage and living life to her fullest.

One of my favorite hymns is “How Can I Keep from Singing.” Now those of you who know me, know that I am a horrible singer. I often joke about pulling a Milli Vanilli and just acting like I am singing but the truth is, I love to sing even though I do it horribly. What’s more important than that is that I think as a Christians we are called to sing with our lives. To praise God with our every breath. To see the beauty in a world that seems broken. To speak words of loving kindness to one another. To seek out justice in this world. To speak out for those who have no voice. To live every day like it was our last.
Here are the words for that hymn that I love so much.

My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth’s lamentation,
I hear the sweet, tho’ far-off hymn
That hails a new creation;
Thro’ all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul—
How can I keep from singing?
What tho’ my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Saviour liveth;
What tho’ the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that refuge clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
How can I keep from singing?
I lift my eyes; the cloud grows thin;
I see the blue above it;
And day by day this pathway smooths,
Since first I learned to love it;
The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
A fountain ever springing;
All things are mine since I am his—
How can I keep from singing?
My hope for you this day and always is that you can’t keep from singing with your life.

 

Gena

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