"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."
To me, only "existing" means I'm living only as a consumer. We have a tendancy to only look for what makes us happy, makes us secure, makes our life better. It's not that those things are wrong, but we miss out on best part of life....producing something. Being a producer of something, creating something and living it out is what brings real joy, real meaning to life!
I'm reading Donald Miller's new book, A Million Miles in A Thousand Years. In it, he talks about our story, what story we are leaving behind. What will someone say about us when it's over, when it's done? Do we want the legacy of someone who produced something? Ministry, compassion, justice...or are we ok with just being a consumer of life, hoping our life is happier by finding the things that help us get thru each day?
The book of James talks about faith being dead without working it out in our life....without producing something with it. We may have great discipline in taking in information from scripture, bible studies, praying, etc....but without it showing up in our life production, it's dead.
May I see the day when the Church is a real producer of things in the lives of people...