Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Eating and Drinking

"The Bible is clear that at the end the heavenly city comes down to earth, and in that new earth, God lives with us forever . . . Those without Christ often abandon themselves to eating and drinking because sometimes it looks as if that's all there is to do before we die.  But those who love Christ cherish eating and drinking because it looks a little like what we will do after we die."  ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Nostalgia

"When you experience nostalgia, your heart is longing for a more beautiful person than you have ever met or a more beautiful place than you have ever known. You think you're longing for the past, but the past was never as good as your mind is telling you it was.  What is in fact pulling on your heartstrings is the future:  it's heaven; it's your sense of home and belonging that has just cracked the surface of your life, for just a moment, and then is gone."  ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Surviving Loss

"People who survive catastrophic loss often say that they survived by coming to see, in time, that they somehow had to take the loss into themselves and allow it to enlarge their heart . . . It is as if God somehow stretches a person to the breaking point, and then she discovers that because she has been stretched, there is now room in her heart and mind for God and for life and for others that was not there before."  ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Something To Consider . . .

"The day of death (is better) than the day of birth."  Ecclesiastes 7:1

Not the happiest post ever, but a valuable thought to consider:

"The day of death is better than the day of birth - not because death is better than life; it's not - but because a coffin is a better preacher than a cot.  When life ends, or is about to end, absolutely everything else comes into focus.  The things that don't really matter, but which we gave so much time to, now seem so empty and pointless.  the lives we touched and the generosity we showed and the love we gave or received now mean so much more."  ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Root Of Evil

"If the love of money is a root of evil, then Ecclesiastes - and indeed the whole Bible - has a beautifully simple solution.  Here is how to sever the root, stop the rot, and kill the evil: spend your money on others. Give it away.  Do it regularly, gladly, generously - and you will be happy."  ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Happiness

"If you can live in this world in such a way that the person or people beside you - your friend, your spouse, your children, your brother, your sister, the people God has put in your path - are you waking concern and your dominant focus, then you will find happiness.  If your head hits the pillow at night full of questions about how you might help and serve someone else, and how you can be a certain kind of person for them, then you will find a gladness and contentment that nothing else can match." ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Only God Knows

"Living well in God's world means recognizing that when it comes to our own lives, we are not mini-gods, and this is his creation, not ours.  We have all the pieces of our life given to us, and things come and go and seasons change, and it is only God who knows exactly where everything is meant to go, in which order, at what time, and why." ~ Living Life Backward, David Gibson