Life Has No Opposite

As the final days of this year have drawn to a close and the first day of the New Year has come, I, like many people, become more reflective and introspective. This past month has been a source of much emotion. The month started with the loss of people. A good friend and good man lost his battle to a horrible disease later in the month. But, two days ago, I met a new baby who came into this world full of life.

While at the hospital, I had a interesting moment of clarity. On the third floor of the locGift-of-Life-imageal hospital, there are three very unique departments. They are the Intensive Care Unit, the Oncology Care unit, and the Family Birthing Center. Caught in the divide between birth and death, a phrase came to my attention. Eckhart Tolle wrote in his book, A New Earth, “Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal.” We have all heard a situation describe as a life and death matter, which portrays those two statuses as opposites, But, as Tolle reminds us, birth is the opposite of death.

Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal.

In this New Year, my choice is to see life as a gift from our Heavenly Father. Romans 6:23 NIV says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” If we accept the gift that God has for us in the New Year, then we can echo the author’s thought and say, “Life is eternal.”

Know His peace in this New Year! Soli Deo Gloria!

God Notes: Motif

God Notes: Motif

The Meaning of Life

From: “theme, predominant feature,” 1848, from French motif “dominant idea, theme”

Meaning: In music, a motif or motive is a short musical idea, a salient recurring figure, musical fragment or succession of notes that has some special importance in or is characteristic of a composition.

“For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment.” – Viktor E. Frankl

What is the theme of your life? Is there a recurring motif that you can hear over and over again? For some of us, our families are our theme, or work, or our church. And, while all of these are not bad, they are not the best. Let's listen to the lesson from His word today…

Today’s Lesson:

Deuteronomy 6:4-6 NIV – Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.

The Lord God should be the theme of our lives. Whether we are home or at work, it should be about God. Whether we are alone or with a group of people, it should be about God. Whether we are still in school or working or for some of us, both, it should be about God. God should be the central theme of our lives.

Some questions for you to think about:

  • What is the meaning of my life? Who is the meaning of my life?
  • Do I truly love God with all of my heart, soul, and strength?
  • What makes me special or important? What did God do in me that He didn't do in anyone else?

Prayer:

Dear God:

I want You to be the main theme of my life. You give me meaning. You give me life. Write on my heart with Your love.

Amen

Soli Deo Gloria!