A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

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Live, Love, Grow and Leave A Legacy

Fall is coming, I always think about my mom–actually I think of her a lot as the seasons change from one to the next. I just visited her only living sybling last weekend. MomAunt Ina 024 loved to plant and harvest, loved to take care of her plants and gardens.  She was 36 when I was born and my brother was 8 years older than I.  She had 2 boys stillborn before my brother.  Mom was a remarkable woman, who learned to live with a disability, learned to love when it was not easy and certainly grew as a woman and she did leave a legacy.  I think she actually lived by the words “Live, Love, Grow and Leave a Legacy.”

Stephen Covey says the four basic needs of all people are to Live or survive, love, in other word have relationships and to grow by learning and to leave a legacy, which means to make a contribution to those left behind.

Let’s talk about living or surviving.  The living part seems simple you are born but to survive my not be so simple.  Several years ago I attended my 40th class reunion and I heard some real stories of survival.  Have you heard the expression, life is hard and then you die?  I use to get a good laugh over that when I saw it on a Hallmark card, but not any more life can be very hard and I realized it as I heard the stories of my classmates. 

Have you seen the survival kits?  There are lots of them, survival kit for the new mom, grandma, teenager, single woman, I have my own survival ideas and here they are.

1.  For the body–assume you have had a heart attack–now live accordingly.

2.  For the mind–assume that the life of your profession is 4 years and you are on the 3rd year, prepare accordingly.

3.  For the heart–assume everything you say about another, they can overhear, now speak accordingly.

4.  For the spirit–assume you have a one on one visit with your Creator every quarter, now live accordingly.

We were all created to live life with a purpose in mind.  I have learned that my God given purpose is the same as yours.  God designed each one of us to connect with others, know and become more like Christ, serve in ministry, magnify Him with our lives and share the good news of the gospel.

I want my life purpose to have a DO-BE-DO ring;  Do today what God is asking me to do today in my family, church and community.  BE more like Christ and then, DO the distinct and bold work God has specifically designed for me to do before I die.  (I think I took this from one of John Ortberg’s books)

I challenge you to find the do-be-do reality in your own life.

PS–You may be wondering about the weight, yesterday was weigh in day.  DOWN 2 1/2 pounds with the grand total of 25 pounds.  Now think of that in terms of a 25 pound bag of flour, I would hate to carry that bag around all day long and yet that is exactly what I was doing.

You may be wondering if I feel better?  I never felt bad but I will tell you this, I loved sitting on the plane and my thighs didn’t touch the person beside me.  Walking up the stairs to get on the plane was easy, and hiking in the Colorado mountains seems not so difficult. AND shopping at Chico’s and fitting into 2.5 jeans was the icing on the cake.

The Gift

My man loves to give me a gift at Christmas, but he really wants it to be a surprise.  Not only a surprise but he wants to get something that he knows I really, really want.

I remember so well the day he came home with a huge box, it was wrapped so beautiful, it sparkled and had a perfectly made bow on top.  There it sat under the tree for days.  I could hardly stand it, it was so big, so beautiful and so mysterious.  I tried shaking it, the kids tried to figure out what it was, we were all stumped.

Finally Christmas morning arrived, I was like a kid waiting for Santa Claus, I could not wait to run down stairs and open that box.  My man asked me to wait until the very last gift had been opened and then I got to open MY present.  As I unwrapped it I noticed a picture on the box of a big stuffed bear, but I was sure that was not what was in the beautiful package.  Guess what, that is exactly what was in the package, a bigger than life size stuffed bear.  I was speechless and Bob was so excited, he was sure this was what I needed to put in the front window at Christmas.

So often we give God the gift we think he needs rather than take time to find out what He desires.  We make promises and resolutions to spend more time with Him.  We make goals to be more loving.  Do you remember the words Jesus spoke to Martha?  He said, “Only one thing is needed,” and that is to sit at His feet.

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. Rev. 3:20

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