Making Life Matter: Refocusing

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Photography by Melinda Maidment

I have not been posting for a while but I am back, and ready to blog away.

 

There are some finished posts still in draft that have been waiting to be posted, but today I have something else on my heart. It forms part of the topic I have been writing about since the beginning of the year: Making Life Matter.

We always hear people say, “Life is short”. Sometimes we even use these words ourselves, and often when our lives get shaken. The things that shake our lives can be anything but, usually has something to do with loss or the potential/threat of loss. My first question then is: do we really have to wait to lose something or someone, or almost lose something or someone before we realise how ‘short’ life really is? Or rather how valuable life really is? Then my next question: if we then get a ‘wakeup call’ and re-evaluate the real worth and meaning of life, why do we fall back into our old habits so quickly? Why do we have to wait for ‘bad things’ to happen before we take stock and really put in an effort to live more meaningful lives? I am also guilty of this and today I am mostly talking to myself. Continue reading

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Making life Matter: Words – Life or Death

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A while ago I had a conversation with someone at work about how we say things. At one point in the conversation I mentioned the saying: “Learn from the mistakes of others, for life is too short to make them all yourself.” When the person said: “What a negative way of looking at it, how about saying learn from the experiences of others…”, this really got me thinking… Continue reading

Making life Matter: Thoughts

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The Lord is still busy talking to me about making my life matter, so I am continuing with the theme of making life matter (click here for the previous blog on treasures). A while ago I read Philippians 4:8 (NKJV) again:

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

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Making life matter: Treasures

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Lately I am wondering a lot about what is really important in life? What is it that you are searching for in your life? What do you invest most of your time in? What is it in 10, 20, 30, or how many ever years that you will look back at and will make you smile? How are you measuring your life? All these questions keep circling in my mind.

 

A while ago I remembered this quote by Abraham Lincoln that I first heard when I was still in primary school:

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

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Endings and Beginnings 

Every beginning has an ending, but every ending is the start of a new beginning.

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I thought a lot about what I should say in my first post for 2017. I asked God where He wants me to start this year, where He wants to take me this year, and what is stuck in my head is a quote by Abraham Lincoln: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” I believe that God wants me to focus on making the life in my years count. More on this topic in my next blog post. Continue reading