Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I recently attended the memorial service for a very good friend of the family. On the life and times folder for this young man's service were written the words, Get Busy Living. This was the philosophy of the man being remembered on that day. This special person was remembered for his love of God and family. He lived life to the fullest. He had the biggest smile you have ever seen. When you were around him, you could not help but smile, too.
The phrase, Get Busy Living, was a line from the popular film, Shawshank Redemption. Now I'm not sure when or where that phrase first originated, but the thought has been around for a long , long time. The scriptures remind us that life is short and that now is the time to act, now is the time “to live.”
So how should we live? In his letter to the Colossians. Paul tells us to live in union with Christ Jesus. Keep our roots in him. Become stronger in our faith. Be filled with thanksgiving. Don't be enslaved by the old life, the life before you accepted Christ Jesus as Lord. In other words Get Busy Living.
When Jesus died on the cross, he destroyed the power of sin in our lives. We have been resurrected along with Christ. We are new creatures. Through the Holy Spirit, we have access to the power of God to do the impossible. Are you claiming God's power in your life? What holds you back from living life to the fullest? Give it to God so you can Get Busy Living.
This month we remember Jesus' death and resurrection. Easter is a celebration of life, new life, when it was least expected. Even Jesus' closest followers didn't get it. Mourning the loss of their Lord, they hid behind closed doors, afraid and confused. And then Jesus appeared to them and told them not to be afraid. He gave them the great command- “Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life. I'll be with you as you do this, day after day after day.” In other words Get Busy Living!
May it be so for us all!
And All God’s Children Said,
Pastor Kim Dewey