Living Or Life?

Ever run across a familiar idea stated in a way that smacks you between the eyes?

I did some reading over the holiday break and encountered this quote:

We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give.
(Winston Churchill)

We need to pay the bills and we all like nice stuff, but that’s living. I wonder if it’s the thief of which Jesus spoke when He said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

I picture a subtle con man encouraging me to get more and more stuff, knowing that each minute spent getting is one less to invest in giving.

Jesus didn’t drop in with some words of wisdom about how to make a better living. He came so we might follow Him and have a full, abundant life.

We make a life by doing what He did. We make a life through service and sacrifice, by investing time, talent, and treasure in others rather than spending them on stuff. Spending is here-today-and-gone-tomorrow. Wise, intentional investments grow and compound forever.

It’s important to make a living.

If we want to matter, it’s essential to make a life.

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