Life is such a beautiful gift. And every time I fight for it on someone else’s behalf I realize again and again how fragile it is. To watch someone breathe their last and feel their pulse fade into nothingness, despite my best efforts, reminds me that life is “a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14)
We are only promised today. And what we choose to do with the life we have today is up to us. We can either be promoters of life, seeking to inspire in others an existence of fullness, or we can squelch it.
Because it’s not just a lack of breathing and circulation that takes life away. Sometimes it’s words that cut deep, or expressions that hurt, or rejection from someone you thought to be a true friend, that threaten to choke out true life.
The truth is this: My words, my actions, even the look on my face, can either bring out life in someone else, or destroy it. As I heard someone once say “My words have a decision to kill or save someone.”
Let’s be life-diffusers – encouraging, inspiring, and bringing out true life in others.
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10