1 1/2 months into living with ALS

Well, life is a precious gift from God. I believe He wants us to get the most out of it. Jesus came to give us life to the fullest. (John 10:10). He came that we would live our lives abundantly; live them full of purpose, meaning and joy.

With the disease, it’s sometimes hard for me to see purpose and meaning ~ for me to have joy. Ecclesiates 11:9 says, “Let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.” Ultimate joy comes from serving God and serving others. I hope I will do that until I can’t serve others anymore and they will be “serving” me.

We need to live for the now because the “somedays” may never come. “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say ‘I find no pleasure in them’. Remember Him… before the dust returns to dust to the ground it came from and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” (Eccl. 12:1,6-7)
What I am saying is this: “Use the good china, wear your good clothes ~ whenever”. I’m not saving my good cologne. People, not only my family, need a good smell. : ) …Go see a good friend, Ask forgiveness of someone you have a squabble with, Go eat your favorite food…don’t wait until ‘tomorrow’.

God has told some of us what He wants us to do. Maybe go on a mission trip, serve others in His name, etc.. But, we tell Him “later”…after I am established in my career, [pay all my bills, graduate from school, get married, raise my kids, etc.]. But we all need to live in the ‘now’.

Psalm 112:4-9. Very encouraging passage for me. “A righteous man will be remembered forever, he will have no fear of bad new. His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure. He will have no fear. In the end, he will look in triumph on his enemies.”

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