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|A Roadmap For The Rest Of Our Lives
by James Robison
Betty and I will celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary in just a few weeks. It is a joy to live with such a beautiful person, so Christ-like, so in love with life and so committed to fulfilling God's purpose.
Our doctor gave us both a good report at our annual physical. As we gracefully move into our later years of life, we are blessed to have our health. While we can look back on decades of wonderful times, both in our personal lives and in the life of our ministry, we don't look at the past with any sense of loss, as if our better days are behind us. We believe that the best is yet to come.
We spend a lot of time in prayer and, over the last several weeks, have intently sought the Lord. He has renewed our vision for our time here on earth. We know He is not yet finished with us. He has not retired his plan for our lives. We will finish strong.
There are three key areas in which we will focus for the rest of our lives. These will be the pillars of our golden years.
We must spend time with God in prayer, sharing our concerns with Him and seeking to hear His concerns. In order to have meaningful direction in our lives, we have to learn how to focus our attention where He focuses His. When we learn to recognize His voice and yield to His perfect will, we find our purpose for life. This is true in our youth, throughout adulthood and even into our later years.
God has moved me to seek the fulfillment of Jesus' prayer in John 17 that we would become one with God and with one another; that we would be perfected in unity. I pray for and encourage harmony of heart and unity of spirit among all believers.
This is more important that we can possibly conceive. The enemy of all life fiercely opposes it, seeking to keep us bitterly divided for foolish reasons.
Disunity among Christians actually seems to encourage division and hostility in all communities. Consider our own country. The media continually engages in character assassination. Of course, there are some honest voices who attempt to share the truth about current issues, but far too often that person with whom the media disagrees is characterized as an enemy who must be destroyed. Once that happens, there is no open, honest or balanced discussion. There is no real attempt to solve any problems.
Politicians talk about the importance of "crossing the aisle" so that both sides work together, but their actions belie their words. They have no intention of sitting down together. They want to build themselves up by tearing down the opposition.
Watch the 2008 presidential campaign, which is already underway. It will, in many ways, resemble that same spirit that continues to cause chaos in the Middle East. Sectarianism and party loyalty will manifest itself through incendiary rhetoric, underhanded acts and dishonorable deeds.
Yet, I continually seek harmony. Please pray for the healing of our land. It can come when we develop a right attitude toward others. Jesus said that we are to love God and love our neighbor. We do not have to agree with someone to love them. Once we realize this truth, we can learn to walk in harmony.
We are committed to serving God by serving others. As we reach around the world with arms of love, we discover incredible expressions of God's love through people already working in the mission field. When we meet their financial needs, it enables them to more effectively meet the physical and spiritual needs of those in their care.
Our television viewers and friends have learned the joy of sharing because they truly care. When we live for others, we live beyond ourselves and discover true purpose and meaning in life. This is carried out as we deliver food to the hungry, shelter to the homeless and healing to the sick.
One of my personal goals is to help provide a source of clean water to people in all nations and all communities. This is probably impossible for any one person or ministry to accomplish, but I am convinced that we can inspire this noble cause. When we do our part, it inspires others to do something, which multiplies exponentially. We may not live to see it, but I pray that the work we are doing now becomes the foundation for the fulfillment of this dream.
All of us can become more effective as we age. We have the means and knowledge to change history. We can make a difference in the lives of people close to us, as well as those around the world. By the grace of God and through His strength, Betty and I are committed to it.
We value your friendship and your prayers. Pass this along
to others who know us so that they may stand with us, too. May God help
us to be a blessing to you, and together we will rejoice as we bless the
Lord by blessing others.
Author: James Robison
Word Count: 865
About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.
Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net