What does it mean to have a “Life Well Lived”? As a Christian, I am given some clear words that describe that life. I may try to dodge around living that life by looking at specific people in the Bible and telling myself that I cannot possibly live up to the heights of a ‘Mary’ or ‘Deborah’ but a “Life Well Lived” is more than just the sum of the single human. It is a life that is filled with the Living Water of God until it overflows and spills out all over the people who come in contact with this ‘stream’.
God has showed you what is good. And what does He ask of you? To act with justice and to love unconditional forgiveness and walk humbly with Him. Micah 6:8 (my paraphrase)
There are six things that God hates, seven things that are putrid to him:
A prideful, arrogant way of looking at the world and its people,
Anyone that destroys an innocent child, whether in word or deed,
A person who thinks of ways to hurt others,
Someone who chooses evil, without even a thought,
Someone who stands up and spouts lies about another,
AND someone who stirs up fighting and division among the family.
Proverbs 6:16-19 (my paraphrase)
Rejoice because of our God and what He does and who He is! Rejoice! Let your gentle heart be seen by everyone. God is near to you. Do not worry about anything but with all that is in your life, take it to God and His peace will come to you so that you won’t even understand how you can be peaceful! This peace will stand between your heart and your natural understanding because of Jesus.
Finally, dear ones, whatever is Truth, whatever is magnificent, whatever is correct and pure, beautiful, and to be admired, — if anything is excellent and makes you want to praise our Lord – think about these things. Philippians 4:4-8 (my paraphrase)
My friend, Janet, who is about 20+ years older than me, died today. She was and is a life well lived.