photo © 2008 Brian | more info (via: Wylio) Recently I spoke with a friend who is hurting, physically hurting. The goal for her is to improve her quality of life through pain management. I cannot imagine the constant pain she suffers. My prayers are certainly with her that her suffering may be eased. Her situation led me to think about quality of life. We often start talking about quality of life when there is something that must be endured in an individual’s life. We talk about quality of life when a person has an incurable disease or affliction. We talk about quality of life when a person is nearing the end of their life. We talk about quality of life when a person’s life is outside of the range of a normal life experience.
What about all of the rest of us who are not facing extreme pain, physical limitations, or other factors that take us outside of the normative life experiences. What about our quality of life? What about your quality of life? Are you so focused on the list of things to do, your job, your responsibilities, or something that you have not considered your life’s quality?
Jesus tells everyone in John 10:10 that he came to us so that we may have abundant life. It is not enough to have a ho-hum life. It is not enough to just get by in this life. We are called to abundant life. This means that we need a high quality of life. Jesus came to offer us high quality living. How are you living? We are you slogging through days instead of living a high quality life.
Take the time to consider your own quality of life. This is your opportunity to have a high quality life. You are the one responsible for how you live. Decide today not to settle for ordinary, seek the extraordinary life. That is the life that Jesus wants for all of us.