(Family Magazine May 2012 4th Issue)
“It’s not how long you live, but how well you live.”
My friend Jeanie recently found out that her breast cancer came back a second time. While honestly admitting that she is not looking forward to going through the painful treatments again, she is still able to see how God uses adverse circumstances to bring about good. “I can live a long life with good health, but yet live selfishly and do not do anything significant,” Jeanie says. “Having cancer made me realize I am not in control of my life. Actually none of us have control of our lives, with or without cancer. The reality of cancer prompted me to live life to the fullest by making every minute count. I live to bring joy to people, and share the love of God.”
With the daily demands of life, we often forget to consider whether we are truly living our lives well. Are we making a positive impact on others? Are we leaving a legacy that will matter in the next generation? Are we storing up treasures in heaven rather than living only for material possessions of this world?
No matter what your circumstances are today, whether you have an illness, or hold a clean bill of health, only God knows how long we will live. But what matters is not how long you live, but how well you live.
Friends, are you living with a view to eternity?