Existing vs. Living
by Michael S. Tyrrell
April 20, 2021
Happy Tuesday, Wholetonians!
I recently read a story of a man who was travelling overseas and when crossing a border was asked to fill out forms to show “Proof of Life.” He was being asked to prove he was alive–with a document! He had often been asked to show proof of his identity, but the wording on that particular document struck him as funny and he was sharing the story in a comical way.
What do we have to show for proof of life? Our driver’s licenses, social security numbers, birth certificates? Those basically show only that we do exist. But are we truly living?
Could it be that many of us have come to only see a breath and a heartbeat as the only difference between life and death? We may think we’re living, but our choices and demeanor show that we’re merely existing. We think we’re choosing between life and death, but maybe we’re only choosing to exist.
Did we trade our passion for practicality? Have we gotten used to our routines and avoided disrupting them because it might complicate things too much? Maybe we took the dreams God placed within us and safely boxed them in the attic so we wouldn’t be reminded of them.
We let fear paralyze us. We get stuck in the “what-ifs.” We become so afraid of death and anything that is uncomfortable like pain, disappointment, failure, and heartbreak, that we just play it safe and in doing so, we choose to coast along…existing. Safe in our boring little comfort zones where there’s no risk, no change, no growth…no life.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; but I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
~ John 10:10
When we choose life, we choose to let the Author of life infuse us with His passion, His plans and purpose that He’s placed within us. We find joy and gratitude for the little things in life. There’s a spring in our step. Maybe there’s still a routine, but we’re not afraid if it gets disrupted.
It takes courage to truly live; to make mistakes that we can learn from, to give when we want to withhold, to love when it’s not reciprocated, to forgive while the cut still stings. To let God live through us, and spread His love and hope to others. Therein is our proof of life!
One thing is sure; all of our lives will end one day. In the meantime, we are given the choice to either live or to just exist until we die.
I hope you won’t settle for existing. Choose to not let the thief steal your joy, kill your dreams, or destroy your faith.
Choose life and…
Michael S. Tyrrell
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