Words Series: Birth

May 22, 2012 — Leave a comment


I don’t remember my birth. I was pretty young, after all. If my birth was anything like the birth of my children, it was a noisy, messy, joyous, and awe-inspriing event.

I do remember my second birth, however. It was July 10, 1979. I was at Hume Lake Christian Camp as a junior higher. As the camp speaker told us about Jesus that night, I suddenly realized that though I went to church and knew a lot about God I did not actually have a relationship with God. All of my knowledge meant nothing without faith. So, on that night, I went forward and stood at the front of the Meadow Ranch Chapel, weak-kneed and overwhelmed with the new life that was exploding in my heart.

As of today, I have been alive for 46 years as a human being and for almost 33 years as a child of God.

Birth was only the beginning. Life itself is a daily affair.

The type of life I have is totally dependent on the kind of life I choose to live, physically and spiritually. I can merely react to the events of life as they happen or I can choose to act to determine the direction my life will take.

Physically, this means that I need to determine to eat well, to exercise regularly, to keep proper rest, and to maintain a positive attitude.

Spiritually, this means that I need to determine to feed myself on a steady diet of God’s Word, to keep mind sharp and ready to give an answer for the hope that is in me, to spend time resting in God’s presence, and to set my mind on the thins of God.

My birth – your birth – physically and spiritually was only the beginning. Living well is a daily affair. To borrow an advertising slogan from Kaiser Permanente, we should choose to live well, be well, and thrive.

How will you choose to live this day?

Pat Callahan

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I'm a picker. I'm a grinner. I'm a lover. And I'm a sinner. I make my music in the sun.

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