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    (Below is a modified version of a devotional that I wrote for my church.  It is based on the readings from these passages of Scripture: Psalm 88; Gen. 47:1-26; 1 Cor. 9:16-27; Mark 6:47-56)

    One of the great philosophers in history, Ferris Bueller, once said, “Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”   I have held onto this quote and thought about it throughout the course of my life and Paul would state something similar in his letter to Corinth.  He said that he would not run aimlessly, instead he wanted to run like the great Olympians, running for an imperishable prize.  He didn’t want to box the air; instead he chose to train hard, lest he be disqualified.  He wanted his life to matter in service to the kingdom and not stand idly by as an armchair athlete.

    In Mark’s account of Jesus, we are given the curious detail that Jesus was walking on the stormy water.  Picture that in your head for a moment.  He was strolling across the waves, fully intending to pass by the disciples as they were struggling in the boat.  Nevertheless, when they called out to him in fright, Jesus altered his course and came to be with them. He wanted to ease their mind, and silenced the storm, astounding the men in the boat.  Jesus came to their aid, easing their collective minds.

    God aids his people, even in the midst of the storm.  Even when surrounded by enemies, or droughts, the Lord will provide.  We have also been entrusted with the gospel.  We have been given the unbelievable privilege to be ambassadors for the King of kings and Lord of lords.  For those who are in Christ, you are given the words of life and peace, so present it free of charge and allow the Holy Spirit to cultivate it in the hearts of others.  The moments of our life are fleeting, and if we don’t take time to realize that it blazes by then we can miss opportunities of service to others, whether in word or deed.   Heed the warning of Paul, run with strength and don’t be disqualified.  Life does move quickly, so don’t miss it.

    Socrates was reported to say “The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being.”  Do you agree?  What are your thoughts on living life on purpose?