Lengthen (Thursday, March 28th)

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Thursday, March 28th

Lengthen: to make longer; to grow longer

John 10:10 (NRSV)

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make to them…    ― Michel de Montaigne, Essays


Our word for today is lengthen. We are good stewards of our God-given lives when we do all we can to lengthen the number of our days on this earth. Caring for our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being can help us to live longer and healthier lives. Still, we know that all of our earthly days will be finite.

No matter the number of days, our lives will seem longer and fuller if we live each day abundantly and worthily. I love Michel de Montaigne’s quote about the value of our lives being found in the use we make of them. “Lengthening” our lives comes from filling our days with abundance, not mere busyness. We should fill our days with quality things, things that bless others and ourselves, things that refresh and renew our spirits, things that are of value and worth, varieties of things to challenge or delight us, and things that bless and please God.

Jesus came to give us this abundant life. Jesus frees us from the guilt of our sins, the burdens of our worry, and the weight of our fear so that we may find joy in our days. He gifts us with unique spiritual gifts to use in creativity and service.  He guides us so that we find our purpose and our peace in our daily living. His love holds us through all we enjoy or endure. When Jesus speaks of abundant life- when he says the “kingdom is at hand”- Jesus is offering us all we need to live this earthly life fully and well. And then we get to enjoy eternal life beyond!

May we be mindful of how we spend each precious moment of this day. For these are the moments which add up to our length of days. These are the moments that add up to a life well-lived. These are the moments we can embrace with gratitude, the moments we can fill with significance and meaning. The way we live our moments becomes an offering of thankfulness to Christ, the One who came to give us this precious, abundant life.


All definitions are excerpted from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary at https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/

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2 Comments on “Lengthen (Thursday, March 28th)

  1. I missed writing yesterday but not reading your post! Yesterday was a time for reflection, our anniversary. Your last paragraph was exactly what l was doing! I am truly grateful for my marriage, my children, my life that God has given me! Last night youngest son, Jay came by to bring me tulips for an anniversary gift! He has done this before and then l give him back the bulbs and he plants them, l heard from the other children as well! Bob lives on in my heart and the children’s! Bless you for your Post❣️🤗


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