Lessons from Aunt Robert – LIVE
Aunt Robert’s final word for facing her cancer is LIVE. Within this word, she challenged me to , “Live In Vibrant Expectancy.” Wow. For anyone to say these words while suffering is testimony to the power of the Gospel. I can honestly testify she is defining this word in her life. She has defined it as long as I have known her. Each morning, at the crack of dawn, she is awake with her Savior….ready to live the day with vibrant expectancy. It is her number one priority. What is yours? What motivates you in your life? What or who are you living for?
Paul said it best when he wrote to the church at Philippi, To live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21). Living for Christ is to live in vibrant expectancy. When our feet hit the ground, we can have the excitement of His kingdom before us. He is alive! He reigns! He will be glorified on this earth. As one saved by His grace, we get to experience that blessing. Living in expectant vibrancy means we approach the day with higher standards than this world offers. It means we can live unashamed lives for Him, because we expect and know He will do something glorious. My aunt has this mindset. She lives it. I praise God she lives it. What is yours?
Living for something or someone else is a tragic decision. We are easily let down. Think about the mistakes you have made in your past. What or who did you live for? How were your disappointed? We all have disappointments. We all have regrets. It’s part of our life journey. The great thing about Jesus is the guarantee of no regret. He is eternally faithful. Living for Him in vibrant expectancy gives our lives a greater purpose and perspective. One day, when we die, we GAIN. We don’t lose! We receive the victory our souls have longed for on this earth. We see what it really means to LIVE. In the face of suffering, stare back and declare this good news. Choose today to live for Jesus in vibrant expectancy. You won’t regret this. I promise. Just talk to my Aunt Roberta.
“There is nothing dreary or doubtful about (the life). It is meant to be continually joyful…We are called to a settled happiness in the Lord whose joy is our strength.”
– Amy Carmichael, missionary and woman who lived in vibrant expectancy.
Soli Deo Gloria,