Life is Precious

In the past three months, I have attended many funerals. This morning I heard about the death of a ladies husband who had been in the hospital for a long time.

Life is so precious. We go to great lengths to find solutions, find doctors, take tests, undergo surgeries, rehab, and heal. We try to save ourselves or our loved ones from pain, indignity and death.

I know a sweet man who is undergoing care for dementia. Caregivers are attending to him hourly to support and sustain any memory he has left. I know another man who walks with horrible pain and is about to have back surgery. I know a man who had his leg amputated. I heard of a lady who died from the flu. I heard a story about a teenager who died because she would not deny Jesus.

All of these situations are painful and make us weak and worry. We are not promised tomorrow, however. No amount of medication, prayer, surgery or money will save us from death one day. It is the cycle of life.

Jesus, however, was not sick. He didn’t need a doctor. He was the doctor. He was not old with a worn out body. He could have gone back to heaven without dying. BUT, he chose to become SIN (2 Cor 5:21) and die on a cross. He was healthy with supernatural power and he chose to die for us.

How do you show your love and devotion and appreciation to God who gave his only son for you? Not that you will have an easy life here on earth, but that you will be with Him in heaven AFTER this life of aches and pains and death.

We say so many great things about people at their funerals. Sometimes we say great things at retirement parties, 50th wedding anniversary parties or 90th birthday parties, but how about saying them before they die? Same with God. Praise him for his blessings before it is too late. Thank him for answered and unanswered prayers before you have no more prayers to offer. I’ll even go so far as to bow before the Lord in thanks and praise BEFORE the time when EVERY knee WILL bow (Philippians 2:10).

Jesus gave it all. What is your ALL? How can you sacrifice for others? How can you point others to Jesus?

If you need help discovering your God-anointed purpose; if you want to learn how your gifts can be used for the glory of God and to help others; if you want to boldly share your story, let’s talk.

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Erin

January is TOOOO Far Away. Start Today!

What do you follow? What do you steep yourself in…knowingly or unknowingly?

Do you follow a band and their music and soak up their lyrics?
Do you follow a series on Netflix and allow it to soak up your time?
Do you follow people on Social Media who promise business success and soak up dreams of future fame?
Do you follow celebrities in People Magazine and soak up drama?
Do you follow your kids extra curricular activities and allow them to replace important family events like graduations, birthdays, Christmas parties or family reunions?
Do you follow politics and soak up worldly problems?

The world bombards us with so many things that ARE NOT BAD, but we just don’t know how to use them in moderation. We allow so many things to come between us and God. Worldly things take over.

However, we must listen to ONE thing. We must not allow all the other junk to drown this very important sound out. John 10:27 says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I know them and they know me.”

Do you listen to the one that ‘yells’ the loudest or the One that has the best? Who do you spend the most time with? The world suffocates the best God has for us and crushes us with useless information, busyness and hopes.

Journey with me this week and make some changes. Let’s don’t wait until January 1st. Lets start now!

Challenge: Put Jesus in every part of your life. Listen to Christian music and delete some junk. Watch good movies with Christian lessons. Follow people on Social Media who speak Truth, are real and can guide you to Jesus. Follow celebrities that give the glory to God. Limit political controversies. Moderate sports. And, choose NOT to allow your child’s extra curricular activities to take over Sundays or take away holidays with family (esp Christmas.)

Benefits are great for listening and following his voice in vs. 28, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

This is a lifestyle change. I urge you to follow the Shepherd’s voice. It is quiet and constant. The benefits outweigh any growing pains you may have.

Following Jesus’ voice helps you become free from pain of unforgiveness, the heartache of bitterness and the shame of your past. You can heal and repair and find grace.

Asking for help is one of the hardest things most Christians do. It hurts our pride. We feel like others think we are weak. We have to address weakness and acknowledge sin.

As a Life Coach, I can help you create a well written plan to put more Jesus in your all areas of your life by exploring your priorities, choosing the best and keeping you accountable in the execution.

I can help you discover your gifts and talents and help you glorify God by using them to bless others.

The choice is yours. Will you listen to the voice of Jesus or the loud chatter of the world? Will you admit that you need a mentor or continue to go it alone?

Goto my website, www.steepedinpurpose.com, and select LET’S CHAT to send me an email. Let’s discuss your struggles and work to tackle them.

Erin E. McEndree
Steeped In Purpose

Life Purpose Coaching for Women
Inspirational Speaker
Author, Blogger