For What It’s Worth

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by Tim Studstill — June 20, 2013

It seems I am more frequently taking notice of celebrations honoring both the living and the deceased. (is it my age?) Both of these celebrations cause me to contemplate several things, one of which is, “Is it worth it?” My brain also filters this through my lens of ministry in the church.

A common theme comes into focus, a common element in the lives of people who have lived life well: They focus on other people.

They spend themselves serving. Ministering. Giving. Loving. Encouraging. Mentoring. Supporting.

These heroes also tend to be growing. Learning. Changing. Evolving. Winning. Losing. Discovering. Trying. Living.

That’s a lot of spending! So again I ask, “Is life worth it?” Is life worth what we spend on it…what we spend it on? I look at all the beauty God has set us among us and I say, YES!

Beauty in nature…Sky. Clouds. Birds. Trees. Flowers. Mountains. Oceans. Nature.

Beauty in relationships…family and friends. Familiar. Unique. Comfortable. Challenging. Growing. Helping. Giving. Loving. Ours.

Beauty in ministry…Significant. Honorable. Individual. Personal. Spiritual. Sacred. Secular. Remarkable. Humbling.

Beauty in culminating events…Giving congratulations to young adults processing in graduation regalia, watching them with feelings of hope, expectation and wonder. Paying last respects to older adults dressed, too, in their “graduation” finery, remembering them with feelings of hope, expectation and wonder.

If life worth it? Precious. Fleeting. Wonderful. Challenging. Meaningful. Changing.

How do you gauge the worth of your life? What is it today that lets you know the value of your life? What is a life well spent?

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

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