Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Day 11
Words of Advice

Yesterday I heard  author Karen Kingsbury speak on the campus of Liberty University. The point she wanted the students to get from her talk was this: Make the story of your life a best seller. And she said to do this you only need to do three things.

Love well.

Laugh often.

Have a Life in Christ.

I think this fits into our theme of thankfulness so I wanted to share it with you today.

She said she didn’t want her family to remember when she was gone for all of the books she has written. Instead she wanted to be remembered for how she lived her life.  Above all else she wanted to be known for loving the people in her life, not taking things too seriously and for her faith and belief in Christ. I think those are pretty good things to live for.  And because Karen is able to appreciate life for what it is, a gift, then she is able to live her life more joyfully than most.

Ann VosKamp stresses this also in her book “1,000 Gifts” It’s the whole concept behind counting blessings. We can’t count them, if we are not looking for them. We can’t look for them unless we are focused on surroundings. We can’t focus on our surroundings if we are too busy doing instead of living.

I think if we can have this mind set, that all of life is a gift and we shouldn’t waste any of it, then living a life of thankfulness would just naturally come alongside.

Maybe it is just that easy. Instead of beating myself up for not being grateful enough I should just start focusing on what really matters in life.

Even if that is hard.

From my journal and Jesus Calling devotional: March 4th —1Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks for that is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus


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