Monday, September 12, 2011

No Better Way To Live

So. This summer has been interesting.  I've had to face a life-threatening health issue.  The term life-threatening seems so ominous and needs to be put into perspective. While I'm responsible to be wise in  the things I can do to manage my health, as well as all of the other components of my life, at the end of the day my life is in God's hands.  I trust God.
 I've learned there is no better way to live than to live on earth as it is in heaven.   
Consider what Jesus prayed: 
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
   on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10, TNIV). 
Life is much more simple when we respond on earth the way we will in heaven, the dimension where we will be face to face with Jesus, where sin has no dominion, where amazing grace reigns, where there's no room for fear, where life is lived with courage and strength, where pure love defines everything and anything. 
The thing is . . . when it all comes down to it  . . . what really matters is how the day is lived,  regardless of what must be faced.  So.  It makes sense to live the way we're created to live, the way we'll live in heaven, the way Jesus showed us to live.  He told us to seek God first, to pray, to understand we are talking with the Creator, Who has promised to listen and answer, which in itself is a miracle when you think about how great God is.  This is not about praying the little church pocket prayer, but real, honest, gut ripping, courageous prayer-- confessing the things that don't belong in our life, if, we're to live the way we'll live in heaven-- surrendering all of our expectations and needs-- trusting God in all things--believing there's something more in the will of God than what can be imagined--determining to live beyond whatever must be faced with integrity, courage, strength, and pure love.  It's about what we are unable to do without the presence and power of the Spirit: "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit" (Zechariah 4:6).

When you get down to it, there's no better way to live on earth than as it is in heaven:
  • Live on earth as it is in heaven, face to face with the presence, power, and peace of Jesus Christ. 
  • Confess. 
  • Surrender. 
  • Trust. 
  • Believe.
  • Live with integrity, courage, strength and pure love through the Spirit.
 Learning to Kickstart the day with the better way to live, as it is in heaven,

(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)