A Life Worth Saving
The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men.
Henry David Thoreau
Are you living a life worth saving? Now before you start to think, what in the world is she talking about, I want to tell you a short story.
Once there was a teenage boy who had chosen to swim at an un-guarded beach and in waters where the rip currents raged because of an off shore storm. Suddenly he found himself dragged under and out to sea, caught in the wrath of a vicious rip current. Eyes closed and facing certain death, the boy suddenly found himself being pulled up to the water’s surface by powerful arms. Head above water, he gasped a much needed breath of air and then relaxed his struggle as he felt himself being towed to shore. Panting on the beach, the teen turned toward the stranger and gasping, managed to whisper thank you. The stranger, looking back into the relieved face, answered with two short sentences. “That’s all right kid. Just make sure your life was worth saving!”
So many times we fail to remember the extent with which we are loved by God. We face so many perils in the world these days and often the only thing that comes to mind is either:
Becoming disheartened as we begin questioning how it is possible He can allow these things to happen to His children.
Wallowing in the self-pity of our own making that comes from our “woe is me” side.
We feel so sorry for ourselves and our lives that we neglect to see all the wonderful things we have been blessed with! And probably the greatest thing that we forget about is that He gave to us the greatest gift in the world. He gave us something that would have been unobtainable by man without His love and generosity. We forget His gift of righteousness and the cleansing of our souls from the stain of sin by the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ. I wrote just the other day, that while we might forget Him as we live our lives all wrapped up in ourselves, He has never forgotten us, which begs that I ask the same thing to you that the stranger said the teen that he saved from the ocean’s wrath. Are you living a life worth saving?
..and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 5:2 NIV
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