For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. - Philippians 1:21
Vouchsafe: “to grant or furnish often in a gracious or condescending manner” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary
“To be or not to be, that is the question.” To be honest I’m not a Shakespeare buff. And to be more honest I’m kinda ripping this message off from one of pastor Rick Warren’s recent podcasts. Not in words, but in subject. This question posed by Hamlet tells of the struggles of life. Is it worth it to live when life can be so hard? Is it worth living to see a loved one die? Is life worth dying for? Contrast that to what Paul had to say about life. Paul was one of the most persecuted people to ever live. Eventually he was martyred for his faith. But he understood that living and dying for him, was of God. Yes, life brought struggles, and death could assuage them. Yes, life brought joy, but as Hamlet would say, “What dreams may come?” Yes, life is vouchsafed us graciously, but it’s also grace that can take it. It’s grace that can make it into something new. It’s grace that gives us a hope and a future. A hope and a future of better things to come. A hope and a future of promises yet unfulfilled. A hope and a future of perfection never-ending. Grace makes all the difference. It’s that grace that leads us into servanthood. And it’s in that servanthood that we understand that life is not about us. It’s about what we do for God and what we do for others. In his statement, Hamlet was contemplating suicide. And in his statement Paul accepted whatever God’s grace would grant. “To be or not to be” is not the question. To serve or not to serve destroys the argument. Because it’s in service that we find our purpose. It’s in service that we find contentment. It’s in service that we see what we were really meant to be. We were meant to be children of God. That is what He calls us, and that is what we are. The problem is that many of us live in a dichotomy between serving something greater and serving ourselves. In that dichotomy we usually decide to serve ourselves first and others if there’s time. But it’s in the service of others that we serve ourselves best. Because it’s in the service of others that we find that God will fulfill all our needs. “To be or not to be” is the question of someone who has lost the perspective of purpose. They’ve lost the value of service. And in so doing have lost the value of life itself. We are not valuable to ourselves only. We are most valuable in the service of God and His will for our lives. Join me in deciding to serve. Join me in propagating God’s grace. We will struggle and fail. But we can persevere. The beauty of it is that we can serve wherever we are. Be it at work or at home. In the mission field or in the park. It’s a life worth living when it’s in service.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,