Life Works

W. Terry Varner
December 15, 2013

All of us have been building a life regardless how short or how long we have lived. You alive, but are you living? Are your dreams and visions alive, or have you quit dreaming and having visions? What ever happened to all the great things you were going to do in life?

Many are missing the blessings of life. Too many depend upon circumstances rather than dreaming, planning, visualizing, and doing. Life works! For it to work we must first turn it on. God’s word is filled with positive promises: It is claimed there are over 7,000 promises found in the Bible. If this is so, and there is no reason to doubt it, God must have something good in store for His children. “For I will set mine eyes upon them for good . . . And I will build them up and plant them” (Jer. 24:6).

Two passages dealing with life that I have always appreciated are: 1) “I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly” (John 10:10) and 2) “Herein is the love of God manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9). These verses should be music to our ears. In building our lives we are all given: Time, Resources, Blue Print (Bible), and Opportunities.

We need to learn to laugh a little. Life has its problems and serious moments, but being able to laugh, at particularly at ourselves, is good for us. “A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance; but by the sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken” (Prov. 15:13). “But he that is of a cheerful heart has a continual feast” (Prov. 15:15). “A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones” (Prov. 17:22).

Smell the flowers. Most of us are living life so fast that to do not even see the flowers let alone smell them. The Bible urges us to slow down—take some time. “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). “Fear you not, stand still, and see the salvation of Jehovah, which He will work for you today” (Ex. 14:13). God said to Job: “Hearken to this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God” (Job 37:14).

Find something you really like to do. The longest life is short at the best. It is a pity to waste one’s life on something you do not enjoy. We need to open our eyes, check our options, and make life work. “Whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it with your might” (Eccl. 9:10).

Relax and rest. Jesus was as busy, if not busier, than any man; however, He was never too busy to relax (cf. Mark 6:30-32). It is o.k. to relax, to take a break, to get away for awhile—it just does not have to be for eternity. “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” has more truth than we sometimes realize. “Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest: in plowing time and in harvest you shall rest” (Ex. 34:21).

Set some goals. God keeps life exciting. We need both spiritual goals and other goals in life. They are inter-twined and are both needed to balance life. The Bible characters set goals. Paul had a goal dealing with the Roman Christians: “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, to the end that you may be established” (Rom. 1:11; cf. 15:22-29; Philip. 3:12-14).

Have positive attitudes. While you cannot always be positive—Jesus, Paul, Moses, etc. were not. But it is important that our attitude for the most part be positive. “Keep your heart with all diligence for our it are the issues of life” (Prov. 4:23). Dr. Albert Bandura, Stanford University: “The way you talk, walk, perform, treat others, even the way you sleep, reflects your state of mind.”