In a book entitled Making the Annual Pledge Drive Obsolete: How Churches Can Get Out of This Business Once and For All by Timothy Dombek and Michael Durall there is a chapter about living the good life. The following comes from their quote of author Daniel Pink from his book, A Whole New Mind. I believe, as people of God, the quote offers all who seek the “good life” should take to heart.
“For most of human history, our lives were defined by scarcity. Today, the defining feature of social, economic and cultural life is abundance. Abundance has brought beautiful things to our lives, but the bevy of material goods has not necessarily made us happier. The paradox of prosperity is that while living standards have risen steadily, decade after decade, personal, family, and life satisfaction haven’t budged. That’s why more people – liberated by prosperity but not fulfilled by it – are resolving the paradox by searching for meaning.”
Jesus answered a question one day with the following words: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to God except through me.” John 14:6
Contrary to much erroneous thought these words of Jesus are not words of exclusion. (Don’t have enough time to get into all that right now.) However, part of what Jesus means by these words is that a very meaningful life can be lived (eternal life right now) according to Rev. Matthew Laney, Senior Minister of Asylum Hill Congregational Church, UCC, Hartford Connecticut, “by living the Jesus way of nonviolence, doing justice, telling the truth, defending children, forgiving one and all; in other words, revealing peace, love and heaven with every step.”
I started out in ministry believing that Jesus could help anybody live a meaningful life. Precious Ones in Christ, I still believe that with every fiber of my being.
– Doug Fairbanks
Published on Monday, July 31, 2017 @ 8:51 AM EDT