I love being a willing accomplice to surprises! I had just such an opportunity while back in Pennsylvania over the holidays. My daughter-in-law asked me to pick up a surprise Christmas gift for my son at a little Amish wood shop on my way home. While I waited for the shopkeeper to get my son’s rocking chair, I found a variety of sayings scattered throughout the store that peaked my interest. Many were the folksy kind of Pennsylvania Dutch wisdom that often makes me laugh. Others were more thought provoking.
But one saying especially captured my attention. Maybe it was the timing–looking back and reflecting on the past year and looking ahead to the challenges and opportunities in the new year–but I found myself particularly drawn to this one:
“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.” . . . Mother Teresa
Profound in its simplicity, this little sign is a good reminder that life is important. It matters in all of its aspects, and it’s meant to be lived to the fullest each and every moment of every day. Why? Because life is a precious and glorious gift from our amazingly good God.
The words of Jesus in John 10:10 come to mind when He reminded us: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” And that’s the kind of life that really matters.
Let’s commit to living life well and more fully this year than the last because of Jesus.
I’m in. How about you?