Timber Ridge "Old Stone" Presbyterian Church
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. John 6:51 (NRSV)
WHY LIFE IS IMPORTANT
WHY IS LIFE IMPORTANT?
Why is life important? Because it is a gift from the God who loves you. He has given all human life dignity.
Why is life important? Because God has created you - and all others - in His image, with an innate value. Therefore, you must treat others with an appropriate dignity of their creation.
Why is life important? Because it is more than a feeling based on your present level of happiness. It is more than what you think about yourself, your friends or family, or the world. It begins with God's feeling about you and the value of your life.
Why is life important? Because there is purpose in each life which must be fulfilled. God created you with talents and abilities that are meant to be shared with the world. You are not an island, self-sufficient, or independent of others. Life has meaning, depth, and value when you share, interact, love, and care for others.
Why is life important? Life is important because it is a gift from the God who loves you with a deep, caring love. When you begin to realize that God really loves you, you're free to walk humbly with God and to stop demanding more and to thank Him for His generous gifts. It builds you in a positive, uncomplaining spirit, and ultimately produces peace in your life. That peace enables you to take the necessary risks involved in engaging life with all its challenges and unknowns, through death, and out the other side to eternal life in heaven.
Why is life important? Because God who created you is to be worshiped. God created you for a purpose: to love and worship God, and love and serve each other.
Why is life important? Because we must serve others. The Hebrew prophet Micah wrote, What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). God created us to act toward each other with justice. Justice is respecting the dignity of human life.
Why is life important? Because life is not an accident: it is a gift from God. Therefore, handle life with the greatest of care. On the day of judgment, God will hold you responsible for whether or not you treated your life and the lives of others with dignity.
From Help Me Believe by Cliffe Knechtle, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Ill., 1-800-843-9487.