Best Life

As a new year has begun, I consider: What does it mean to live life at its best?  I can make resolutions and set goals.  I can take an inventory of who I am and who I want to be.  But where can I look for models of lives lived well?

Eugene Peterson writes in Run with the Horses, “If, we look around for what it means to be a mature, whole, blessed person, we don’t find much.  These people are around, maybe as many of them as ever, but they aren’t easy to pick out.  No journalist interviews them.  No talk show features them.  They are not admired.  They are not looked up to.  They do not set trends.  There is no cash value in them.  No Oscars are given for integrity.  At year’s end no one compiles a list of the ten best-lived lives.”  (pg 15)

Peterson encourages us to look to the scriptures, where we will be surprised to find people not unlike ourselves.  Scriptures that tell us more about God than about people.  Every faith story is unique and God’s creativity is endless.  There is possibility in each of us, because of what God has done and is doing.  We can each make the list of best-lived lives.

And so Jeremiah, the Old Testament prophet is lifted up to us as an example of someone who lived a full life. Perhaps even a “best life.”

This month Pastor Dave will preach and teach from this book, Run with the Horses by Peterson and from the book of Jeremiah.  So that we might begin our new year and ponder what it means to be fully and genuinely human, created in God’s image as chosen, holy and beloved.  See you tomorrow at 9 & 10:30 am.

Pursuing excellent faith,

A quote from our friend Terry Hershey:
"For what it's worth: it's never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again." -Benjamin Button (letter to his daughter)

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