Jim Langley: Learning to Love and Live Life | Homes and lifestyle

When I think back to my childhood, these thoughts are filled with many wonderful moments. Yes, there were experiences that weren’t so pleasant, but for the most part, my early years were filled with fond, pleasant memories.

As we mature, we quickly realize that life is getting harder, and we all have increasingly difficult circumstances that often cause us to dislike all aspects of life.

We would be wise to overcome these negative thoughts and focus on learning about life and the love of life.

How are you these days? Can you understand this possibly unfamiliar concept in these trying times? Human life was conceived as a beautiful creation.

Listen to these words found in Genesis 1:27: “God created man in his image, in the image of God he created him; male and female, he created them.

You see, we are created in his image, an exceptional creation, quite unique among all the species of animals that were first created by God. We have a distinct purpose and our Creator wants each person to live an abundant life.

What does this abundant life look like? Well, let me share my personal experience.

My life is filled with daily opportunities to experience God at work around me in the lives of those He places in my path. As a businessman, I meet people frequently and cherish all knowledge, even the most difficult ones.

It’s true, not all encounters are pleasant, but they all have their place in our life journey. These days I find people quite intriguing and worth all the potential risks encountered.

Life is precious. Every breath we take is a gift from God.

When I walked out of the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital the day after my 77th birthday, I thanked Heavenly Father for breathing new life into me.

We should cherish each day and do our best to use our time as wisely as possible.

For more than 30 years, I have started my mornings with the daily devotion of Oswald Chambers, My maximum for its highest. These mini-sermons written in the early 20th century have started every day for many followers of Christ for the past 100 years.

God has blessed me immensely with a career that allows me to stay active well beyond what the world considers normal retirement age. It also gave me the ability to write and convey my thoughts to a growing audience on a weekly basis.

And, it has even at times given me access to a much wider platform via CBMC International’s Manna Monday devotion for proper essays to be shared in 20 languages ​​around the world. I am touched by the way He has used this simple servant for the past few years.

Let me share that I would be just as thrilled with life, if all I could do was just share the joy of knowing Christ with those who are unconvinced from time to time.

It seems appropriate to share the words that the Apostle Paul admonished the Philippian Church sharing his expectations of life in Philippians 1:21-24. These words show his passion for the service of Christ and set the bar for all who follow our Savior and Lord:

“For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I have to continue to live in the body, it will mean fruitful work for me. But what should I choose? I do not know! I’m torn between the two: I want to go and be with Christ, which is by far the best; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.

Yes, I am ready to meet my Creator, but I also look forward to spending many more years serving Christ here on this earth, if the Lord wills. To God be all the glory and honor!

Passages to ponder

» Genesis 5:1-2

2 Corinthians 1:3-5

» Galatians 2:20

» Ephesians 4:25-28

» Titus 2:11-14

— Jim Langley has been writing for over 30 years while working as a life and health insurance agent in Santa Barbara. In recent years, his passion has turned to writing about his personal relationship with God, and his goal is to encourage others to approach him as well. As a longtime member of CBMC of Santa Barbara (Christian Business Men’s Connection), he began writing Q4 strategy columns in 2014, and he now reaches an international audience through the devotional CBMC International Monday Manna . He can be contacted at [email protected] for more information. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.