This week marks 6 months until my 20th birthday. I can’t believe my teen years are almost over… where did the time go? I’ve heard some of my friends say once you hit 20 you start to feel old. Well… not this chick 😉
Because I am halfway between 19 and 20 I decided to pull out a letter my friend wrote to me on my last birthday. She knows how to inspire me and this letter is perfect… Here is my favorite part:
“My prayer for you is that you live your life with so much JOY that it overflows; that you read God’s Word and grow greatly in Him; that you cleave unto God and serve Him with all your heart; that you trust Him to guide you through this crazy thing called life; that you embrace your life and live it to the fullest…”
Read that last part again:
“My prayer for you is that… you embrace your life and live it to the fullest.”
Do you love life? The life God has given you… are you embracing it and living it to the full?
I wish I could wholeheartedly say “YES!” to my own question. I have six months left to my teen years. I want them to be the best six months of my life thus far. And no matter how much more time God gives me, I want to love my life, embrace it, and live it to the full. Whether it’s happy or hard it can still be full of joy. My life can be full of growth, embraced, and lived to the full. So can yours!
Here are 5 ways (taken from my friend’s letter) that you and I can love life and live it to the full –right where we are.
How to Love Life and Live it to the Full
“…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
1) Live your life with so much joy that it overflows
As Christian young women, we ought to be living with so much joy. I fail in this area so often, but think about it… we have so much to be thankful for! We have hope. We know Who to turn to when life gets rough. We never need to feel lonely because God is there for us, He will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5). As a Christian young woman, we need to make the conscious choice to live joyfully. So today, in order to live our life to the full, let’s choose joy. Let’s allow joy to overflow out of our life and into the lives of others.
2) Read God’s Word and Grow Greatly in Him
God’s Word is food for our soul. The guidebook of our life. His Word is a source of strength for today and hope for tomorrow. How often are you in God’s Word? I think all of us can say, “not nearly enough!” In order to live our lives to the full, we need to be reading God’s Word, soaking it up and letting it saturate our hearts and minds. We need to let God do a work in our hearts and lives. We must grow in Him through reading His Word and talking to Him through prayer. In order to live our life to the full, we must read God’s Word and grow greatly in Him.
3) Cleave to God and Serve Him with all Your Heart
I looked up the word cleave… I wanted a clearer definition than the one I had in my mind. What I found was perfect. It means to “stick fast” to something, or to become emotionally attached to something or someone. Emotional attachment is a very strong thing. It’s like having your heart bound tightly with something, we don’t want to let it go, and it will cause us pain if we do. What would our life be like if we were emotionally attached to God? What would it be like to have our heart bound up in Him? I think we would experience joy beyond what we’ve ever known. We would, as a result, want to serve Him and live for Him with all our heart. You know what a life of service to God would produce? A life lived to the full. The best way to love life is to love God and serve Him.
4) Trust God and Allow Him to Guide You Through Life
Trust. Such a beautiful, yet difficult word. It’s just five letters and it has such a simple meaning. Trust is just believing. Putting confidence in something or someone. So often we put our confidence into things or people that will disappoint. We trust in beauty, but we don’t always measure up. We trust in friendships, but sometimes they come to an end. We even trust ourselves, and then we fail. When we choose to trust God instead, we will know freedom. Freedom from worry and freedom from fear. Peace will flood our souls and joy will fill our hearts. We can place trust and confidence in our God simply because HE IS GOD. He has no limitations and He is the perfect guide. To live our lives to the full we must do this: trust God completely and allow Him to guide us through life.
5) Embrace Your Life and Live it to the Full
Living our life to the full means making some decisions. That includes the decision to embrace life as it is, right where we are. In this moment, on this day. It truly is the day the Lord has made (Psalm 118:24). Your life is the life He has chosen and perfectly planned to give you. My life will be different than yours. Each one of us has been given unique gifts and abilities, a unique set of circumstances, and enough grace for each day. So let’s embrace it all. Let’s accept His grace. We must choose to embrace our life and live it to the full, right where we are.
I Would Love to Know
- Are you choosing to love life… to live it the full?
- There are other ways to love life and live it to the full… what are some things you can add to my list?
God wants us to live an abundant life (John 10:10). That abundant life is found in Him. Embrace the life He has given you and live it to the full.