Cherished Lives

Christians enjoy living their lives.  They are sure that their walk is blessed, and guided by an Ever-loving Creator.  They meet in fellowship with other believers, and find joy in the Christian teachings.  Joy embraces them because of the Holy Spirit, and they serve others in need.  Robert Pirsig (b. 1928), a writer wrote, “When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any kind of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.”  Christian believers aren’t fanatics.  Their ideas are based on biblical teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  They aren’t members of cults, embracing their vocation through whim, or by persuasion of charismatic personalities.  Many are sober, humble, and meek at heart.

Authentic Christians have contrite hearts.  Their love reaches out touching everyone and knows no bounds.  They are balanced and fair-minded.  And these gifts come to light by doing volunteer work.  Their support is solid, so when the storms come they could withstand the onslaught.  By caring for others they are models in the community.  Through them great streams of happiness flow.  True Christians are like good seeds planted in fertile soil.  St. Matthew 13:22 stated,  “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing.”  But God’s believers are fruitful.  They grow and bear abundantly, for they are pruned by the heavenly gardener to ensure a good harvest.

Christians of Light

Like Christ, Christians are blessed with merciful hearts, and are modeled in his image.  They have a good understanding of the scriptures and are slow to anger.  As brides of Christ’s church they find comfort in fellowship with the flock.  Their ministries are filled with joy, so even when they suffer setbacks their faith grows stronger.  William Shakespeare (1564–1616), renowned English poet, playwright expressed this best through Iago to Roderigo in Othello when he wrote:

How poor are they that ha’ not patience!

What wound did ever heal but by degrees?

Christians should always be patient.  It’s the prize of the race that counts.  Sometimes the going is slow and difficult, but they should persevere.  Never must they succumb to doubts, for through God’s grace they will triumph.

Margaret Mitchell (1900–1949), a journalist with the Atlanta Constitution had Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind (1936) say, “I’m going to live through this, and when it’s over, I’m never going to be hungry again.  No, nor any of my folks.  If I have to steal or kill – as God is my witness, I’m never going to be hungry again.”  Unlike Mitchell’s depiction a Christian approach should be spiritually guided.  Christians adopt to situations but their message is the same:  “Give your life to Christ, for he died for you on the cross at Calvary.  He resurrected, ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father.”  But their testimonies are new every day.  They are forever blessed with knowing the truth about eternal life.

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