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2014- full days or ‘full of days’?

Posted January 22, 2014 in Community Featured, Pleasant Hill

Are you busy? Are your days packed? Is there any light at the end of your to-do list? Does 2014 seem full of promise, or do you see a year full of frustration from trying to meet the demands of work and home? Do you often ask yourself, “Where did the time go”? Do you say, “I want more from life”?

These questions remind of a Dr. Seuss quote…
“How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss

Many of us long for more time for the significant people and the meaningful activities that enrich our lives. We would like to be more purposeful and focused on important things.

A prominent, but neglected Bible character can teach us something about finding meaning in life.  His name was Job (long “o”). The last verse of his story says…

“So Job died, old and full of days.” (Job 42:17)

barr_shawn_croppedThe term “full of days” means he had lived to the fullest; he was satisfied; he had found meaning in his life.

Although he died a blessed man, his life was not without adversity. In fact, when we first meet Job he had just lost his entire family (except for his wife), his possessions and his health. It is at that point we get his famous quote,

“…The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21)

What was Job’s secret to having a “full” life and praising God during difficulty?

He had gained an accurate understanding of the God of the universe. The majority of the book of Job is about him asking God the “hard” questions. In the end he discovered that life was about having a proper understanding of God and a proper understanding of ourselves in light of who God is.

He learned to worship, serve and obey the Lord — and that God had purpose and meaning for every part of his life — even the difficult aspects.

As you approach this new year, don’t just “make room” for God, but instead include Him in every aspect of your life. And in doing so, you will find purpose and meaning so your life can be “full of days” as was Job’s.

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