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Often times, although we have made a conscious decision to live a meaningful life, possibly we have not mapped out a plan to deal with future negative events that will arise. Our short lesson today, coming from the book of Mark, will teach us who to call on too manage the unexpected storms in life.
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Let’s use the metaphor of a hurricane advisory. If we live in area prone to seasonal hurricanes, it is easy to wait until our local news channels and radio stations inform the general public that a hurricane is headed in our direction before we stock our hurricane kit. However, when the time comes, we may find that all of the store shelves are completely empty and that we are not prepared. Such unpreparedness can lead to unnecessary anxiety, despair, a lack of resources, and even danger during the turbulent time ahead.
On the other hand, creating and carrying out a disaster plan between hurricane seasons means you will be prepared in advance. Purchasing all needed equipment, obtaining insurance, stocking extra food and water, taking time to map out an evacuation route, storing sensitive documents, and so on—careful preparation gives us workable options, not if but when the next hurricane comes!
Choosing to deliberately live a meaningful life is just like preparing for that hurricane. Our belief system must already be established on a solid foundation of hope in God, through the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. Such hope will keep us rooted despite any future trials and tribulations (hurricanes) that we will encounter on this journey called life. Such hope reaffirms our self-worth, enables us to embrace the storms of life, establishes the possibility of a fulfilled life, and settles where we will spend eternity—either in heaven or in hell.
You have just read a small portion of the introduction (under heading - Preparation for Deliberate Living) from my book entitled: Destined to Live, Despite Me - ISBN: 978-0-578-05468-1
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