Reflecting on lives well lived

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This is an article called “reflections.” As I write this week, I’m spending some time reflecting on a few lives well lived.

Over the past couple years, we’ve had several people close to Delta Lake Bible Conference Center pass away. These were people who gave of their time, their talents, and their resources, to serve others.

While these individuals had their faults and their issues, they found a meaning and purpose beyond themselves.

As I reflect on their lives, it brings me to a few passages in Scripture that help to remind me that my focus can and should be about serving others.

In Proverbs 16:9 we read, “the heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” The Lord has a plan for us, and He establishes our steps. When we obey Him and our plans match up to His, it brings Him joy and makes a difference in the lives of those around us.

In John 10:10 we also read, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

An abundant life isn’t about how much stuff you have or how much wealth you create or earn. An abundant life is one of caring for and serving those around you. It’s about living with purpose and making an impact greater than yourself.

I saw these verses lived out in the lives of these friends of Delta Lake for many years.

They sought to match up their plans with God’s. They lived an abundant life by giving of themselves and serving others. They made a difference that will have an impact for generations.

So, how should we live? How do we get to that point when we hear the words “well done good and faithful servant”?

I think we can narrow it down to 5 words — love God and love others. When we do those things, we will have a life well lived.

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