The First Secret to True Living

Sometimes life is really good.  Sometimes it’s not.

As much as we think we might like it, life isn’t always good all the time. But believe it or not, that’s not what true living is all about.  As a matter of fact, true living is a reality, even in those times when life isn’t so good.

If you’re looking for someone to promise you life that will always be good, with no problems, where you can just sit back and enjoy perpetual bliss and happiness, you won’t find that here.  If you are looking for that, think about this: you’re looking for something that Jesus Himself never had.  Jesus had His share of troubles, heartaches and trials.  It was even prophesied about Him that He would be a “man of sorrows acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3).  And so He was: loved ones died, friends disappointed, people misunderstood, enemies slandered, etc., etc.

Did Jesus know true life?  Now, that’s a different question entirely.  He certainly did.  The truth is, true life is enjoyed in spite of hardships, trials, and struggles, not in the absence of them.  Jesus’ own life demonstrates that truth.

I know people would rather just not have any problems.  I know I sure would.  But that isn’t how life works.  It certainly isn’t how God designed our physical existence.  He made us with an essentially frail, weak physical body.  That can be a source of trouble.  He made us to live among and with other people.  People can be a source of trouble.  We live under the rule and authority of governments and officials.  They can be a source of trouble.  And on it goes.

True living does not deny the reality of life’s troubles, but neither does it live life dictated by them.  The apostle Paul said, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies (2 Corinthians 4:8-10).

We really can enjoy true living.  Jesus promised to give abundant life (John 10:10) and Paul encourages us to take hold of “that which is truly life” (1 Timothy 6:19).

So what’s the first secret to true living?  Realistic expectations. When expectations are unrealistic we set ourselves up for failure and disappointment.  It just doesn’t make sense to expect to have a life that even Jesus Himself didn’t have; one with no problems, troubles, or heartaches.

But accepting the reality of these, we can have true life that does not leave us at the mercy of life’s hard and even harsh ways.  Not only that, but truly great blessings await us to be enjoyed in Christ!

Just know that we can learn Christ and live!

God bless,

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