Memorial Day weekend for many awakens the aroma of grilling in the backyard with family and friends. For some, it is a much needed three-day weekend and break. For others, it is a time for remembrance by placing flowers on the graves of loved ones who have passed. For most of us, it is all of the above.
I heard a song titled "I Want to Live Like That" by Sidewalk Prophets. The song talks about if you were in heaven and people were speaking about you, what would you like to hear them say? If you were a memory, what would you want that memory to be? Then, whatever that is, "Live Like That." The song basically asks a lot of questions. It is beautifully orchestrated, so as to fully grasp its meaning, I urge you to listen to it on YouTube.
Some of the questions I asked about my own life: "Was I love, when no one else would show up?", "Was I Jesus to the least of these?" That particular question focuses on the downtrodden and forgotten. As for me, I want to live like that.
Another poignant question is: "Was my worship more than just a song?" Wow. We sing in our churches and in the car, shower, etc. , but is our worship more than that? Do we live as we sing? Do we love the unlovable? Do we focus on those as Christ did, whom the world or even our peers consider unclean?
My husband is one of the greatest examples I've ever met of loving unconditionally and helping those who are "down on their luck" so to speak. He has been known to help the drug addict, rehabilitate them, find them homes, jobs, etc. He is as comfortable conversing with a millionaire, by the way who may be also down on their luck in a totally different way. I want to live like that. I want to live in such a non-judgmental way that anyone feels comfortable and knows where to find help. How about you: Do you want to live like that?
The song continues: "So that everything I do points to you." Speaking of our Savior.
Opening Kristin's Bible this morning, I find notes beside Proverbs 31. You may remember this is the Proverbs 31 Woman chapter. We hear a lot of sermons, and rightfully so, on Mother's Day; but today, I am drawn to it, because I want to live like that. Our Kristin's notes here beside verses 8-9 "Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate, Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy." Kristin writes: "I want to speak for the mutes, be the ears for the deaf and the defendant of the afflicted, Abba" 5-2-09. She claimed the entry description of a worthy woman in verses 10-31 and wrote: "I want this to be true in my life, My Precious Abba." You may remember, her desire for a daddy drove her to God, and His name in the Hebrew is Abba meaning "papa or daddy."
Verse 30 says: "Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised." Kristin wrote: "I want this to be true in my life!" She lived like that. And, I want to live like that, too.
How about you? Are you living your life in a way that others see Jesus? Some live quietly, yet grace is sensed and seen in them. Some live more vocally and recklessly. Yet, when we are gone, are others going to stand at our grave and say, "You know, they lived like that?"
(Kimberly D. Morgan, MA, is a wife and homeschool mom in Elkins. She also is a counselor/chaplain at Cornerstone Christian Counseling at 300 Railroad Ave., suite 304, Elkins. Contact her at 304-637-1109.)